Bandh in protest of Kiran Bedi’s ‘undemocratic style’ affects normal life in Puducherry

Chief Minister V Narayanasamy told reporters here that the induction of three members by Bedi "is a shame on the Constitution and the democratic norms and conventions." He claimed that only the speaker was the constitutional authority to induct any member as legislator of the House.

By: PTI | Puducherry | Updated: July 8, 2017 4:06 pm
Puducherry, Puducherry politics, kiran bedi, puducherry cm vs kiran bedi, Puducherry mla nominations, indian express news The strike has been called by various political parties including the DMK in protest against the “disrespect” shown by the Centre to the people of the union territory. The political parties condemned the “arbitrary manner in which the Centre had finalised the names of three nominated legislators. (File Photo)

A dawn-to-dusk bandh backed by the chief minister against Governor Kiran Bedi’s “undemocratic” style of functioning affected normal life here today. All shops and establishments remained closed, while privately operated inter-state buses and auto rickshaws stayed off the roads.

Private schools were also shut in view of the protest. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy told reporters here that the induction of three members by Bedi “is a shame on the Constitution and the democratic norms and conventions.” He claimed that only the speaker was the constitutional authority to induct any member as legislator of the House.

“The Lt Governor has taken law into her hands and had inducted the three BJP functionaries as members of the House. This is improper and invalid,” he said. The strike has been called by various political parties including the DMK in protest against the “disrespect” shown by the Centre to the people of the union territory. The political parties condemned the “arbitrary manner in which the Centre had finalised the names of three nominated legislators and the undemocratic style of functioning of Lt Governor Kiran Bedi, and her induction of the three members secretly in Raj Nivas on July 4.”

The three members nominated by the Centre and inducted as members of the Puducherry Assembly are V Saminathan (president of Puducherry unit of Bharatiya Janata party), K G Shankar (its treasurer) and S Selvaganapathy (an educationist and member of the BJP here). DMK legislator R Siva, the CPI Secretary R Viswanathan, the CPI (M) Secretary R Rajangam, leaders of various outfits were taken into custody after they staged a road roko at Orleanpet junction demanding cancellation of the order of Union Home Ministry appointing the nominated MLAs and replacement of Bedi.

Besides, around 300 volunteers of the VCK who tried to lay siege to Raj Nivas (office of Lt Governor) while raising slogans against the Centre and the Lt Governor were also detained. Volunteers of the Puducherry State Youth Congress led by Ilayaraja were also taken into custody for picketing at the local bus terminal. Raj Nivas was cordoned off and security stepped up around the premises to prevent any escalation of law and order.

The Congress has extended support to the day-long bandh organised by the DMK, left parties, the VCK and other outfits. As many as four state-owned buses including the one proceeding to Tirupati were stoned at various points in and around Puducherry by miscreants, police said, adding no one was injured. Heavy pickets were posted at all vulnerable locations to prevent any untoward incident.

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    Solaimalaidharma
    Jul 9, 2017 at 9:49 pm
    Mrs.bedi is standing on the faith of law and legal procedures.this is absolutely a political drama.
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      imti
      Jul 9, 2017 at 10:20 pm
      narayanswamy wants to send suitcases to his bosses, but Kiran Bedi is keeping tight vigil and poor guy is under pressure as he lose his CM post.
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      Sunil
      Jul 9, 2017 at 1:25 am
      It is a big shame that people like Kiran Bedi, Najeeb Jung, Najma Heptulla murdering Democracy in Cold Blood as LG while they cannot even win local election. Why 70 years after Independence we are still using British Raj law when unelected LG is above democratically elected Government in Puduherry, delhi, and Manipur. They are degrading Democracy and Consi ution and bringing bad name for whole country.
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        AR
        Jul 9, 2017 at 12:57 am
        Even as governor she has to stand on her position n not to take all powers on her and su ding citizens elected government. If this is correct then what BJP agent doing in Tamilnadu Government who failed to check the real situation of the health of Ex CM.
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          Sathya
          Jul 8, 2017 at 8:13 pm
          Puducherry, Mahe and Yan'an should be merged with the neighbouring states. There is only wine business running in these places.
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            Sathya
            Jul 8, 2017 at 8:10 pm
            No, Mr Narayana Swamy, you have done many undemocratic shameful things. Ms Bedi is absolutely right in fighting against your shameful corruption.
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              Solaimalaidharma
              Jul 9, 2017 at 9:52 pm
              You are right
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