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Bedi will face 'serious repercussions' on Pongal gift hamper: Narayanasamy

Press Trust of India  |  Puducherry 

Sharpening his attack on Bedi over her stand against the distribution of gift hampers to all families here, V Narayanasamy said the would face "serious repercussions" if she did not concur with the government on the issue.

Addressing reporters here, Narayanasamy, who has been at loggerheads with Bedi on various issues, said he had on Friday sent a file, informing her that hampers comprising raisins, cashew nuts and cardamom should be available free of cost to "all families without discrimination".

He said Bedi would face "very serious repercussions" if she did not see eye to eye with his government on the gift hamper scheme.

Narayanasamy said, "I have made it clear that the benefit should be available for all families".

He claimed the recent order, permitting distribution of freebies to all ration card holders in without any discrimination, was also applicable to

The charged the with "twisting and misinterpreting" the court order which, he said, had only restrained the government from distributing cash gift of Rs 1,000 to all families.

"The free supply of provisions and commodities for Pongal is to cover all families and the high court has also made this very clear," he pointed out.

Bedi had on Wednesday hailed the order, directing the government to restrict the Pongal cash gift of Rs 1,000 to Below Poverty Line families.

In a message to media, she had said the order was "a voice of wisdom, sagacity, financial prudence and reasonable restraint protecting society as a whole... also one of accountability and responsibility towards the really needy".

Noting that there was a limit to everything, Narayanasamy said the "cannot run roughshod and misuse power and authority".

He also termed as "unfortunate" Narendra Modi's response to the representations made by him all along on the style of functioning of the Lt Governor.

Earlier, the also participated in a demonstration organised jointly by the Left parties and the Viduthalai Chirutaigal Katchi (VCK) to condemn Bedi's "autocratic" style of functioning.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 17:30 IST
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