PUDUCHERRY: A three-member BJP delegation led by Puducherry unit president Visweswaran, appealed to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to help improve the financial position of the Union Territory.
Visweswaran, who was accompanied by party secretary R V Saminathan and vice-president V Paranthaman, told ‘Express’ that they explained to Rajnath Singh about the UT’s financial condition and urged him to ‘sympathetically’ pay special attention to it.
Rajnath Singh was said to have given them a patient hearing and promised to consider their request.
It may be recalled that the Home Minister directed his officials to closely and effectively monitor the precarious financial position of the Union Territory.
“The Minister directed the senior officials that the ‘precarious financial position of the UT of Puducherry should be closely and effectively monitored by MHA,” read a statement from the Ministry in New Delhi after a review meeting on Union Territories on Tuesday.
Visweswaran said the delegation also requested Rajnath Singh to take steps to recall Lieutenant Govenor Virendra Kataria as he was unnecessarily interfering in the administration sidelining the elected government.
The BJP delegation met Santosh Gangwar, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Textiles, and raised issues relating to the Anglo-French Textile Mills.
Visweswaran said a request has been made to him to release the amount sought by the administration for modernisation of the mill and give permission to sell the Pattanur land owned by the mill so that the money could be utilised for making it fully functional.