Day 2: Puducherry CM V. Narayanasamy Continues To Stage 'Dharna' Against Governor Kiran Bedi's Residence

| February 14 , 2019 , 12:58 IST

Following the footsteps from West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy along with his five ministers led a protest outside Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi's official residence for the second successive day on Thursday.      

The Congress leader his cabinet colleagues spent the Wednesday night on the road outside Raj Nivas. Clad in a black shirt and dhoti, Narayanasamy said the agitation was against Bedi for interfering in the day-to-day affairs of the elected government and stalling welfare and development schemes. "She rejected our proposals on free rice scheme and returned the file. Who is she? She can't stall the schemes and policies of an elected government," he said.

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Meanwhile, Bedi left for Chennai on Thursday morning to participate in an event. She is likely to go to Delhi from Chennai.

His protest came after Kiran Bedi hit the road two days ago and advised two-wheeler owners to wear helmets.

While Bedi wanted the helmet rule for two-wheeler riders to be implemented at one go, Narayanasamy wanted the implementation in phases.

On her part, Bedi on Wednesday evening wrote to Narayanasamy inviting him for a meeting on February 21.

Bedi, in her letter to Narayanasamy, said: "All matters you had mentioned in the letter need an examination for a considered response. Needless to say, none of the issues are pending at Raj Nivas (as being alleged). Besides, you never said in your letter that unless you get a reply by February 13, you and your colleagues shall come and sit on a dharna outside."

"However, I invite you for a detailed discussion on your matters on February 21 at 10 a.m. Please confirm," Bedi said.

Narayanasamy said he had written to Bedi on February 7 urging her to fulfil the 36-charter demands of the government. He said he has not received any reply from her so far. "Ever since she (Bedi) took charge as the lieutenant governor, she has been stalling all development projects of the government. She has been disregarding the decisions taken by the elected government and the cabinet members.

"Her activities are detrimental to the growth of the Union territory. I have sent several reminders to her to correct herself and to change her style of functioning. However, she refused to do so," Puducherry CM added.