Trouble in Puducherry after Kiran Bedi administers oath to three nominated MLAs

The ruling Congress and the Opposition DMK are readying for protests against the nomination of the MLAs. Apart from a bandh called on July 8 by several pro-Tamil outfits, the Congress released FIR copies of cases pending against the two BJP leaders.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2017 1:22 pm
kiran bedi, puducherry, puducherry CM, v narayanasamy, puducherry LG. LG kiran bedi, puducherry nominated MLAs, kiran bedi twitter Kiran Bedi administering oath to three nominated members of Assembly (Image courtesy: Kiran Bedi/Twitter)

The relations between the Puducherry government and the office of the Lieutenant Governor hit a rocky patch Tuesday after the swearing-in of three persons, nominated by the Centre, as the members of the Legislative Assembly.

Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi on Tuesday night administered the oath of office to V Saminathan, president of the Puducherry BJP unit, party treasurer KG Shankar and educationist S Selva Ganapathy even as a PIL seeking a stay on the appointment of the three MLAs is reportedly pending before the Madras High Court. The three persons had approached Speaker V Vaithilingam earlier requesting to be sworn-in on Tuesday itself.

Bedi finally administered the oath to the three persons around 8 pm with entry being barred to the media. “Three MLAs nominated by the Government of India to the Legislative Assembly of the Union Territory of Puducherry were sworn in by the Lt. Governor of Puducherry at Raj Nivas on Tuesday,” the Raj Niwas said in a note released to the press.

On Wednesday, Bedi put out a tweet explaining the legal provisions under which the L-G can appoint three MLAs to the Assembly. Under the Union Territories Act, the oath is/can be administered by the Administrator.

Meanwhile, the ruling Congress and the Opposition DMK are readying for protests against the nomination of the MLAs. Apart from a bandh called on July 8 by several pro-Tamil outfits, the Congress released FIR copies of cases pending against the two BJP leaders, The Hindu reported.

Relations between the Puducherry government and the L-G’s office have not been smooth after Bedi took over as administrator of the union territory. Earlier this year, Bedi cancelled a government circular prohibiting the use of social media for official communications seen as a setback for chief minister V. Narayanasamy. Arvind Kejriwal’s Delhi government also experienced severe strain in ties with former Delhi L-G Najeeb Jung.

The introduction of the BJP leaders ensures that the party now has a presence in the Assembly.

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    ibrahim
    Jul 8, 2017 at 10:49 am
    Disgusting. These men were thrown out by people and they can't even retain deposit in the election. Now becoming MLA through backdoor. Kiran bedi has now become an epitome of dishonesty and crookery .
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      Daman Prakash Rathod
      Jul 7, 2017 at 3:47 am
      Terrible. Defeated leaders get back door entry citing some odd rules. Murder of democratic process.
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        Ram
        Jul 6, 2017 at 12:56 am
        Congress/DMK did exactly similr thing when ADMK was ruling and Deve Gowda was PM supported by congress/'secular' crooks! Why protest now congies? Don't want to taste your own cooking? Congies always have double standard one for corrupt congi/seculars and another for nationalists, one for islamists and other for Hindus! But scream of democracy/intolerance blah blah now the year remiding all congress misrule/emergency etc. Bad losers! They now should know they are facing not Vajpayee/Advani with no majority, but Modi/Shah with absolute majority and 4/5 majority in many assemblies!, who want congress/communist/corruption/castism mukhta bharat! Just wait for the fun, when Momota begu, and aaptard crook kejri are dismissed and made to face people again!
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          Anmol
          Jul 5, 2017 at 8:40 pm
          Both BJP Kiran Bedi (who was member of BJP) are big time opportunist.
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            Antony
            Jul 6, 2017 at 1:30 am
            You don't make any sense except to spread hot air
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              undefined
              Jul 6, 2017 at 1:33 pm
              Shoe carrier and LS shouter "anai Sonia" is not a "opportunist"? In indirect Sonia rule, every corruptive files went through him ! Are you saying that only Congress party and Congress governor has the union territory Cons utional right to appoint ? He bought the MLA after elected MLA resigned! Are you saying that bully and shouter Naryanaswami is not "big time" ? He is not an angel!
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              Anmol
              Jul 5, 2017 at 8:40 pm
              BJP first tries to install government by stealing election, like Goa and Manipur. Else, BJP destablises opposition ruled State UT.
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                Antony
                Jul 6, 2017 at 1:31 am
                Yes you the dacoit Congie and Christian white supremacist rapist pope church can say anything and get away with murder.
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                  undefined
                  Jul 6, 2017 at 1:51 pm
                  Do you want " seruppu thukki" Naryanaswami should steal and become PM of India? What. Congress party did in 10 years rule? How "serrupu thukki" Naryanaswami became PM MLA ? He " destablises" his own party elected MLA and becomes PM! He doesn't have shame for that and you are preaching " political values"!
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                  Vasudevan Venugopal
                  Jul 5, 2017 at 7:51 pm
                  Administering oath of office by the Lt. Governor to three MLAs nominated by the Centre, while the legislative assembly is functioning, is unconventional. Two of the nominated persons are reported to have FIRs pending against them. Probably the Lt. Governor was acting under pressure. However, Her Excellency must be aware that haste generally leads to waste and those who walk fast invariably tread on others' toes.
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                    Antony
                    Jul 6, 2017 at 1:33 am
                    Unconventional or conventional it Ian perfectly legal. And more criminals are in Parliament like Lallu of the world and you are worried about FIR? Do you know how many FIRs Sonia the white supremacist rapist Christian church representative has against her?
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                    Sujatha Selvam
                    Jul 5, 2017 at 7:39 pm
                    Goons are nominated and administered as MLAs. This is BJP style of function. Shut your mouth, and no one is hearing your cries. This is the classic example of jungle raj.
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                      Antony
                      Jul 6, 2017 at 1:34 am
                      Yeah yea loosers crying and spreading hot air as their Christian white supremacist racist slave owner of brown Christians cannot help you no more.
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