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Kiran Bedi hits out at V Naranasamy, asks CM to explain one-year delay in nominating MLAs

Chennai: Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi on Thursday asked why Chief Minister V Narayanasamy did not make any recommendations for nominating MLAs to the Union territory Assembly and asserted that the Centre only exercised its powers to do so.

File image of Kiran Bedi. Reuters

File image of Kiran Bedi. Reuters

"Did the chief minister for a whole one year make any recommendations? He did not," she told reporters at Chennai airport.

Defending nomination of three legislators, which intensified the spat between her and Narayanasamy, Bedi said she did not receive any names for nominating them as MLAs from the chief minister.

She said the "central government exercised its power to nominate upto three MLAs".

V Saminathan, president of BJP's Puducherry unit, KG Shankar, its treasurer, and S Selvaganapathy, an educationist, were nominated to the Puducherry assembly by the Centre last week.

They were later inducted as members of the House by Bedi.

Asked about the Congress' allegation that she exceeded her mandate, she shot back saying, "They just have to read the law again, as a Lt Governor, how I can go beyond law, I follow law, and I am bound by law."

On claims that some were delayed, she asked, "Please tell me which file. Come to my office and show me file. My office works very expeditiously. Examination of a file is not delaying of file."

She wondered how she can be targeted for doing her duty and functioning as per law.

On 7 July, Chief Minister Narayanasamy had urged the Centre to withdraw its order nominating three MLAs to the Union territory Assembly, saying it was in violation of constitutional provisions and democratic norms.

Published Date: Jul 14, 2017 08:48 AM | Updated Date: Jul 21, 2017 13:17 PM

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