Puducherry Chief Minister urged Kiran Bedi for resignation

Vastavam web: Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy Sunday urged Kiran Bedi to quit as Lt Governor after the Madras High Court had recently held that the Lt Governor “cannot interfere in the day-to-day activities of the elected government in the union territory.” The High court had laid down very clearly that the Lt Governor had no powers to act independently and that she must work “in tandem with the Chief Minister and the Council of Ministers,” he told reporters here.

He said the Madras High Court had given the historic verdict recently on a writ petition filed by Congress legislator K Lakshminarayanan questioning the Lt Governor`s interference in routine administration by elected government`. He also pointed out that the government had approached the Union Home Ministry for its nod to write off crop loans and after getting approval “we could implement the decision.”

Narayanasamy alleged that implementation of the free rice scheme was also obstructed by Bedi, who he said raised raising several “amusing and hypothetical queries.” He also listed various instances where intervention by the Lt Governor was a major ‘bottleneck’. He said that the court had also pointed out that decisions taken by the cabinet could be communicated to the Lt Governor and not for her approval. The chief minister said he had information that Bedi was planning to go on appeal against the High court verdict reining in her intervention.