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Pondy CM, Bedi lock horns over Pongal gift hamper scheme

Press Trust of India  |  Puducherry 

V Narayanasamy Saturday warned Bedi of "very serious repercussions" if she did not concur with his government on the gift hamper scheme, but the latter hit back asking him to "maintain decorum" in his speech.

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".

Attacking Bedi on the gift hamper issue, he said she would face "very serious repercussions" if she did not see eye to eye with his government on the matter.

"I have made it clear that the benefit should be available for all families, including those belonging to above poverty line category," he added.

He claimed that 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.

The former IPS had also said the order was a message to the and public officials making them sensitive to their responsibility and duty to serve with full awareness.

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.

Reacting to the CM's warning, Bedi in a whatsapp message said, "I am personally not afraid of anything."

The and his colleagues should realise that when a file is sent to her office for approval it shall be read with "application of mind and rules as office of Lt Governor is not a rubber stamp," she said and added it was "principally wrong for them to expect to be a mere endorser of their demands and views."

Bedi also requested the Chief Minister not to use threatening words towards a constitutional office and "maintain decorum" in his speech and in the notes he was writing to her.

Otherwise she would be compelled to make those notes public for people to know what and how he was writing, she said.

Hoping that "wisdom and maturity" will prevail on him for the larger welfare of the people of Puducherry, she wished the Chief Minister a happy Pongal.

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

First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 19:25 IST