PUDUCHERRY: Objecting to the Lieutenant Governor and Governor interfering in the day to day administration, Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Saturday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi whether the President of India holding a review meeting with officials would be acceptable to him. “If the Prime Minister accepts it, then we will also accept it,” the CM said at a press meet here.
Narayanasamy said the Prime Minister was silent on Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi’s involvement in the day to day administration, holding meeting with officials and passing instructions to them without the knowledge of the Chief Minister and the Council of Ministers, despite his letters to the PM in this regard.
“He is not even allotting time for a meeting, though we have been seeking an appointment for the past three months,” said Narayanasamy, adding he would meet the Prime Minister in the Parliament when the session was on.
The CM alleged the BJP government at the Centre was trying to paralyse the administration in Opposition-ruled States through Governors and Lieutenant Governors. No Governor was conducting a review meeting with officials in the BJP-ruled States. Only in non-BJP-ruled States that the Governor was intervening in the day to day affairs of the administration, he added.
Referring to the Governor of Tamil Nadu conducting review meeting with officials, he said the Central BJP government was trying to rule Tamil Nadu by proxy. “The Ministers of Tamil Nadu, instead of objecting to the action of the Governor, are supporting it. This amounts to surrendering the rights of the State and for this the future will answer” the Chief Minister said.
The CM further said the Delhi administration and Puducherry administration were different as law, police, land and finance were controlled by the Delhi L-G. Hence, Puducherry would not join Delhi in the petition against the Lt Governor.