Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy alleges 'interference' by governor Banwarilal Purohit and LG Kiran Bedi

Puducherry:  Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy on Sunday alleged that Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit and Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi were 'interfering' in the routine administration of the governments.

File image of Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy. PIB

File image of Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy. PIB

He was referring to the recent meeting held by Purohit with government officials in Coimbatore and Bedi's 'interference' in the administration of the territorial government.

"Never before had any state governor or Lieutenant Governor of a Union Territory interfered in the routine administration of the state governments as seen after the NDA came to power at the Centre," he said.

He was addressing a seminar organised as part of the birth centenary celebrations of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Narayanasamy further said, "Tamil Nadu ministers should boldly stand against the autocratic manner of functioning of the Centre as seen in the state governor holding meetings with the officials."

Referring to Bedi's style of functioning, Narayanasamy said, "We are facing several hiccups and blockades and are not able to implement welfare schemes because of intervention by the Lieutenant Governor."

The Puducherry chief minister is engaged in a bitter spat with Bedi over her style of functioning for the more than a year.

On 15 November, a political row had erupted in Tamil Nadu over Purohit's meeting with officials in Coimbatore as the DMK and other opposition parties claimed that it amounted to interference in the state's rights.

Earlier, Narayanasamy paid rich tributes to Indira Gandhi, saying she had "honoured the states' rights" and approved their welfare schemes without discrimination.

Ministers and legislators were among those who spoke on the occasion.

Updated Date: Nov 19, 2017 19:22 PM

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