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Ruling alliance in Puducherry begins protest seeking recall of Lt Governor

The ruling Secular Democratic Alliance (SDA) in Puducherry began its four-day agitation demanding recall of Lt Governor Kiran Bedi for allegedly "impeding developmental plans of elected government

Kiran Bedi | Puducherry

Press Trust of India  |  Puducherry 

Kiran Bedi, Puducherry Lieutenant Governor
Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi

The ruling Congress-led

Secular Democratic Alliance (SDA) in on Friday began its four-day long agitation here demanding recall of Lt Governor for allegedly "impeding developmental plans and welfare measures of the elected government."

Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, the lone Lok Sabha Member from V Vaithilingam, Congress legislator T Jayamoorthy, leaders of the CPI, CPI(M) and VCK also participated in the protest.

Although the SDA had earlier decided to hold the agitation by picketing Raj Nivas (office-cum-residence of the Lt Governor), the venue was shifted to Maraimalai Adigal Salai (more than a km away) as police did not give permission in view of an order in force restricting agitations within 500 metres of Raj Nivas and the Assembly.

Leaders and workers of the DMK, an ally of the ruling Congress were not present at the agitation and reason for their absence could not be known immediately.

The Centre had already deployed the Central Armed Police Force and the Central Industrial Security Force personnel at vantage points here to maintain law and order.

Although the Chief Minister was claiming that the agitation would continue "till left Puducherry", the duration of the stir has been reduced to four days.

This is the second time that such an agitation against Bedi is being held herewith the Chief Minister and his ministerial colleagues and leaders of the alliance parties taking part.

The earlier stir was held in February 2019 to push the demands for reopening of the closed industries and public sector undertakings and also for smooth operation of the free rice scheme.

The present stir is limited to the demand that Bedi be recalled, sources in the Congress said.

Narayanasamy and the others earlier garlanded statues ofleaders including former Chief Minister V Venkatasubba Reddiar before arriving at the protest venue.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Fri, January 08 2021. 12:24 IST