Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy met President Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister Rajnath Singh and told them that Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi is making it difficult for him to run the government, an Indian Express report said. In his meeting with them, the chief minister has sought their intervention. The Home Minister has asured him of resolving the matter in a few days. The chief minister has also sought appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking to the paper, the chief minister said that the Lt Governor is “trying to dictate terms to our government which we will not allow”. He did not seek her removal. “Why should I? It is for them to take a call. I have apprised them of the situation and the state of affairs,” he was quoted as saying further.
Narayanswami further said that the day to to administration is the job of the government and the lieutenant governor has to act on the advise of the council of ministers. “All government decisions, all popular schemes that we had promised in our election manifesto. she is not allowing us to implement. She want publicity. She does everything for publicity,” he was quoted as saying further by the paper.
He added that the lieutenant governor has returned the file on starting of air services between Puducherry and Hyderabad by SpiceJet under the Centre’s regional connectivity scheme. She has also “blocked” waiver of cooperative loans to farmers affected by drought, he added”. The chief minister further said that the air service between Puducherry and Hyderabad was to commence in the first week of July, which is tuck at the moment.“Then, dredging for a fishing harbour. we wanted an open tender. But the Lt Governor wanted it to be given on a single tender to the Dredging Corporation of India. She is interfering even in tender,” he was quoted as saying.
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Speaking about post graduate courses on medicines, he said said the Lieutenant Governor accused the government that it surrendered seats to private management”. “It was totally false. And she (alleged) corruption. I challenge her to prove that we surrendered seats to private management and there was corruption. She has not replied to it so far. We did it in a transparent manner. Everything was online. We strictly followed the system given by the Government of India which was acknowledged by the Union Health Minister,” he was quoted as saying by Indian Express.