PUDUCHERRY:The Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Virendra Kataria met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his chamber and sought his help in implementing the developmental programmes in Puducherry by allocating enough funds.
According to a release from Raj Nivas on Sunday, during the meeting held recently, Modi had given a patient hearing to the Lieutenant Governor and assured him that he would look into the matter.
The Lt Governor called on the Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj also and held discussions with her to strengthen the Indo-French ties. Kataria told the Minister that Puducherry was ready to work on this under the guidance of her Ministry. He invited the External Affairs Minister to visit Puducherry, to which she agreed.
Kataria met the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan too and sought his help in admitting the students to the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Research Institute (IGGMCRI) for this academic year.
The Lt Governor mentioned the action being taken by the Territorial Chief Minister Rangasamy to comply with the terms of the Medical Council of India in recruiting the faculties for the college. It may be recalled that the MCI had recommended the Central government against granting MBBS admissions after it found inadequate faculty members during its panel’s inspection of the IGGMCRI.
The meeting with the Prime Minister and other Union Ministers took place at a time when the local unit of the BJP and a few other organisations demanded the his recall charging Kataria with interfering in the administrative matters, including transfers.
The State BJP chief Visweswaran had alleged that Kataria was not respecting the elected government and was acting on his own in administrative matters. He even went to the extent of saying that Kataria is running a parallel government. He had further stated that the BJP leaders in Pondy would meet Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh to seek the removal of Kataria.
Contrary to this, it was the same BJP leadership that had once appreciated the firm steps taken by Kataria to bring down the deteriorating law and order situation last year and slammed Rangasamy for not maintaining it. Later, the local unit of the BJP had aligned with the AINRC and supported the party candidate R Radhakrishnan in the LS polls.