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Puducherry CM, ministers' dharna outside Raj Nivas enters 2nd day

Press Trust of India  |  Puducherry 

V and his ministerial colleagues continued their outside the for the second day on Thursday protesting Kiran Bedi's "negative stand" towards his government' proposals awaiting her approval.

Narayanasamy, his ministers and party MLAs had on Wednesday night slept on a pavement close to the wearing black shirts. They have been demanding that that the accord sanction to 39 government proposals, including a free rice scheme.

Functionaries of different wings of the ruling and the DMK have also joined the protest.

Bedi left for New early on Thursday morning under tight security of the (RAF).

A source in the told that she would return on February 20 and has invited the for discussion over the issues raised by him on February 21.

Asserting that their protest would continue till the government proposals were cleared, the said, "Even if it is not possible to immediately concede all the 39 pleas, the can give her nod to some of the important schemes including the free rice scheme and grants."

"When people's representatives are holding agitation in support of their charter of 39 demands since Wednesday seeking approval of Lt Governor, it is amusing indeed that Bedi had left for Chennai enroute Delhi," A Namassivayam told

"This shows that she does not respect the popular government. This is the height of her vanity."


On the helmet rule, Namassivayam said the government had asked the police not to be very stern against those not using helmets while driving two wheelers as awareness needs to be raised at least for a month before making the wearing of helmets compulsory.

He, however, clarified that they were not against the helmet rule as the Supreme court's directive to implement the rule should be complied with by all.

Meanwhile, barricades were erected around the Lt Governor's office to keep agitators at bay as a section of volunteers of different political parties raised slogans against the deployment of the RAF around Raj Nivas and at various vantage points.

Chief Minister had led an agitation in front of the Parliament on January 4, demanding that the Centre sanction statehood for Puducherry and replace as the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor and the government headed by had been at loggerheads over various issues ever since Bedi assumed office in May 2016.

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

First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 12:50 IST
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