Puducherry’s Congress chief minister Narayanasamy justifies Kejriwal’s sit-in protest against LG


Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Friday accused the Lieutenant Governors of Delhi and Puducherry of interfering in the functioning of the elected governments in the two states.

In a marked contrast to his party’s Delhi unit’s stand criticising the AAP government for the impasse,  Narayanasamy said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues at the LG’s office were protesting against “interference” by Lt Governor Anil Baijal.

His statement came on the day the Delhi Congress president, Ajay Maken, slammed Kejriwal and his colleague for their protest calling it as a tool to divert people’s attention from real issues. He had told  a news conference, “The dharna by both the parties (AAP and BJP) is a part of well-planned strategy. The script of this strategy had been written when the chief secretary was assaulted at the CM’s residence… AAP is doing dharna to divert attention from its failure on public issues.”

As for Narayanasamy, he said that a similar situation existed in Puducherry too accusing Lt Governor Kiran Bedi of often bypassing the elected government and acting ‘arbitrarily’.

Launching a scathing attack on Bedi, Narayanasamy said that she had been adopting “anti-democratic strategies to obstruct” the functioning of the elected government. “…this was largely due to her desire to get publicity and nothing else,” PTI quoted the chief minister as saying.

Narayanasamy accused the Centre of using Bedi to obstruct the functioning of the elected government. He said it was embarrassing to see Bedi holding meetings with government officials without the knowledge of ministers.

“She (Bedi) has also been intimidating the officials at such meetings and finding fault with their functioning,” he alleged, saying despite protests through letters on the style of her functioning, she had not mended her ways. Bedi and the Congress government in Puducherry have been locked in confrontations over various issues with the latter objecting to her style of functioning.

In Delhi, Kejriwal has been staging sit-in protest inside the LG’s office for last six days along with his cabinet colleagues, Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai and Satyendar Jain. Jain and Sisodia have also been on indefinite fast while protesting inside the waiting room of LG Anil Baijal.

Kejriwal and his ministers have been asking Baijal to intervene in the ongoing strike by the civil servants in the Delhi government. Kejriwal has also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for his intervention.