Minister demands ouster of Bedi

Fact sheet: Minister R. Kamalakannan shows a list of schemes that have been renamed by the Centre.

Fact sheet: Minister R. Kamalakannan shows a list of schemes that have been renamed by the Centre.   | Photo Credit: T_Singaravelou

Kamalakannan says the L-G had been encroaching upon the powers of an elected government

Agriculture and Education Minister R. Kamalakannan made a scathing attack on Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi accusing her of unnecessarily encroaching upon the powers of an elected government in Puducherry.

Mr. Kamalakannan told reporters here on Wednesday that Ms. Bedi should be replaced as the Lt. Governor of Puducherry as she had been encroaching upon the powers and rights of the elected Ministry.

Condemning the recent comment made by BJP national president Amit Shah that the Puducherry administration was the most corrupt, he said that his comment was unfair and deserved to be condemned in strongest terms.

Mr. Kamalakannan said that Ms. Bedi was autocratic and had been functioning like a ‘Maharani’ (queen). From the day she assumed office, she had been functioning like she was the most powerful person in the administration.

Disputing the claims of Mr. Shah that the Centre had increased assistance by 613% to the Union Territory in the last three years, he said that there had been no enhancement in the allocation of funds in any department. His comment was baseless and unjustified, he said.

Praises CM

Though the government faced several financial difficulties in the last one year in the wake of demonetisation and various other means of revenue loss such as from the closure of liquor shops along the highways, Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy had been implementing welfare schemes.

The Centralised Admission Committee (Centac), the nodal agency for admission of seats to professional courses, was functioning in a transparent manner, he said.

The government was of the view that there was no violation of rules and procedures in the functioning of Centac. Although the government had forwarded a file seeking waiver of ₹22 crore due as loans from farmers to cooperative societies, the Lt. Governor had not given her nod so far.

He wanted to know the contributions made by Ms. Bedi for the development of Puducherry in the last one year. “While on the one hand she had been standing in the way of development of the Union Territory, on the other hand she had been levelling baseless allegations against the government. Replacing Ms. Bedi was the only solution, he said.

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