Party working president MK Stalin said Bedi’s action of issuing orders to officials on her own over issues that come under the purview of the Assembly Speaker would create confusion among government employees.
“Though a Governor does not have the responsibility to answer the people, the Chief Minister has that responsibility,” he said. The DMK leader added that the Lt Governor, instead of posing a ‘hurdle’ to the functioning of the government, should work for the welfare of the people. He said it was unfortunate that Bedi had created an ‘extraordinary situation’ where an all-party delegation planned to meet the President and Prime Minister to complain about her style of functioning.
“Like Governors of other states, she (Bedi) should work as a guiding force. It is not right on the Governor’s part to ignore the Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers.”
Recently, Speaker V Vaithilingam and Bedi had locked horns over the removal of Puducherry Municipal Commissioner R Chandrasekaran. He had been put on compulsory wait by the Speaker, but it was later revoked by the Lt Governor. Chandrasekaran was removed from the post on an order by the Speaker over a privilege motion moved by an MLA.
Centre indifferent to Pondy, charges CPI
The CPI here has charged the BJP-led government at the Centre with seeking to divest the constitutionally formed Puducherry government of its rights and privileges.
“The NDA government had been turning a deaf ear to several welfare schemes evolved by the Puducherry administration,” said a resolution adopted by the party at its state executive meeting.
“The rights and privileges available to the elected government under the Constitution are being crushed by the NDA government and this is a clear proof of how it is disposed towards a state ruled by a party opposed to the BJP,” said another resolution. The resolutions also expressed concern over the current “war of words between the Ministry and the Lt Governor appointed by the Centre” for nearly a year dislocating developmental activities of Puducherry.