Kiran Bedi changes tune, says CM V Narayanasamy providing good governance


Barely three weeks after she threatened to quit her post alleging lack of cooperation for her ‘Clean Puducherry’ Mission, Lt Governor Kiran Bedi on Saturday lauded Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and his cabinet for providing good governance and for conducting a “very productive Assembly session”.

“We have a government which is alive to people’s thinking and feelings and providing good governance. We are politically well led and now the ball is in the people’s court and they have to come forward. We are going through a wonderful period.”

“The government has also conducted a very productive Assembly session,” she said at a function at Raj Nivas on her completing 100 days in office.

Asked about her earlier threat to leave Puducherry due to lack of support for her ‘Clean Puducherry Mission’, the Lt Governor said she was getting excellent cooperation.

On August 21, Bedi, irked by “lack of cooperation” to her Mission, had said she would quit her post and leave if there was no improvement in the situation.

“I am not here for a job but on a mission. If the mission is not accomplished, I will go back. I will quit if you don’t help me make Puducherry clean,” she had said.

Bedi, who had been making week-end visits to various places as part of the Swachh Puducherry Mission, had given vent to her frustration at a function on road safety.

The Lt Governor had said she had completed 20 visits, but that only a few officers accompanied her during her visits to various places. She also alleged that some senior officers and elected representatives refused to cooperate.

Bedi today cited participation of Chief Secretary at the press interaction as an example of official cooperation.

She also praised education minister R Kamalakannan, who led a team of officials in cleaning drains in Karaikal, an enclave of the Union territory, and added that no education minister had done such work.

The Lt Governor said she was ready to carry forward her Swatch Bharath mission by involving more students.

She expressed concern about the growing stray dog menace and wished to see a solution without ignoring human life.

Earlier, her team from Raj Nivas, led by secretary G Theevaneethidas, made a presentation about the work undertaken by Kiran Bedi in the last 100 days.

Apart from her weekend outreach programmes, including cleaning streets and drains, the most important part of her tenure was opening the doors of Raj Nivas to the public.

“Raj Nivas has turned into a Seva Nivas where public are allowed to take up their grievances personally with the Lt.

Governor from Monday to Wednesday every week,” a brief note circulated to the media, said.