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Arvind Kejriwal in Puducherry HIGHLIGHTS: Delhi CM joins Narayanasamy in fight for statehood

Narayanasamy's indefinite dharna outside Raj Nivas, the official residence of the L-G, entered the sixth day today.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 18, 2019 6:02:43 pm
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal arrived in Puducherry on Monday. (Twitter/@ArvindKejriwal) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal arrived in Puducherry on Monday. (Twitter/@ArvindKejriwal)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, along with his deputy Manish Sisodia, on Monday met Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and expressed solidarity over the ongoing tussle with Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi. Narayanasamy’s indefinite dharna outside Raj Nivas, the official residence of the L-G, entered the sixth day today. He has accused Bedi of “undemocratic acts and ways of functioning”, stalling multiple decisions by the Congress government and “blocking crucial files”.

The AAP leaders’ visit to Puducherry comes weeks after Kejriwal said he was “eager” for an alliance with the Congress for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Like his Puducherry counterpart, Kejriwal also had several run-ins with L-G Anil Baijal in Delhi. Incidentally, Kejriwal defeated Bedi in the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections — she was BJP’s chief ministerial candidate.

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Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia in Puducherry today, in show of solidarity with CM V Narayanaswamy against L-G Kiran Bedi. Follow live updates below.

Highlights

    16:01 (IST)18 Feb 2019
    Puducherry CM writes to Lt Governor

    In a letter to Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy listed a few decisions taken by the former which have affected various cross sections of communities and all public in general. After listing the cases, he said, "The above actions by your goodself are clear cases which are unconstitutional, illegal and wanton acts to stop development works in Puducherry to bring disrepute to the democratically elected Congress and DMK alliance Government in Puducherry. Therefore, I request your goodself to take corrective measures immediately to set right your unconstitutionaI and illegal way of functioning and respond to my letter in respect of the anomalies/illegalities created by you and thereby creating anarchic situation in this state." 

    15:06 (IST)18 Feb 2019
    Sisodia takes a dig at PM Modi

    Taking a dig at PM Modi, Deputy CM Sisodia said, "People elect state governments to look into their affairs. But the PM tries to make them defunct through LG. This is the only achievement of Modi in the last five years." 

    14:56 (IST)18 Feb 2019
    Puducherry CM thanks Kejriwal for support

    Taking to the micro-blogging site, the Puducherry CM thanked his Delhi counterpart for his support. He said, "I thank Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia for visiting our dharna and expressed solidarity with the people of Puducherry for fighting against the dictatorship and undemocratic functioning of the Lieutenant Governor."

    14:43 (IST)18 Feb 2019
    Kejriwal attacks PM Modi in Puducherry
    14:38 (IST)18 Feb 2019
    Kejriwal arrives in Puducherry

    Upon his arrival in Puducherry, CM Kejriwal met Narayanasamy and expressed solidarity with the people of the Union Territory. "UT status to Del n Puducherry is an injustice to their people. We will fight together for full statehood," he said.

    13:25 (IST)18 Feb 2019
    Congress delegation to meet Rajnath Singh today over Puducherry standoff

    Thsi morning, Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy was quoted as saying by ANI: "Today, a three member Congress delegation will meet Rajnath Singh and apprise him of the situation. We want the central government to take action immediately."

    12:33 (IST)18 Feb 2019
    CM Narayanasamy vs L-G Kiran Bedi: Why Kejriwal is going all the way to Puducherry

    Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia are going to Puducherry today to support CM V Narayanasamy's agitation against L-G Kiran Bedi. The visit comes weeks after Kejriwal said he was “eager” for an alliance with the Congress for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Like his Puducherry counterpart, Kejriwal also had several run-ins with L-G Anil Baijal in Delhi. Incidentally, Kejriwal defeated Bedi in the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections — she was BJP’s chief ministerial candidate.

    12:16 (IST)18 Feb 2019
    Puducherry standoff: DMK's Stalin meets Narayanasamy

    DMK chief M K Stalin met Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy on Sunday in Puducherry. Stalin saud that the Centre should recall L-G Kiran Bedi as she is "autocratically" impeding implementation of welfare schemes in the Union Territory. He added that she is behaving like a "dictator" and "trampling" democracy, reported PTI.

    11:57 (IST)18 Feb 2019
    Puducherry CM-LG standoff: Why CM V Narayanasamy is protesting

    Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy has been agitating against L-G Kiran Bedi since last Wednesday. He is protesting her "negative stand" towards the Congress government. He claims Bedi has stalled multiple decisions by the state government and “blocking crucial files”. Further, the CM and L-G are also at loggerheads over the latter's decision to mandate helmets for two-wheeler riders. Bedi, who is currently in Delhi, is scheduled to return to Puducherry tomorrow. 

    L-G Kiran Bedi stops riders to enforce her helmet rule in Puducherry on Sunday, February 10, 2019. Her helmet rule was to come into force on February 11. (PTI Photo)

    11:46 (IST)18 Feb 2019
    Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia in Puducherry today

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia will visit Puducherry today, where Chief Minister V Narayanasamy is holding an indefinite dharna against L-G Kiran Bedi. The duo are expected to reach around noon. A day before their visit, Kejriwal tweeted: "The people of Delhi are in complete solidarity wid the people of Puducherry. Why are the people of Delhi and Puducherry being denied democracy even 70 years after independence?" Like his Puducherry counterpart, Kejriwal also had several run-ins with L-G Anil Baijal in Delhi.

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    Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy has been on an indefinite dharna at the Raj Nivas, the residence of Lt Governor Kiran Bedi since February 13. Narayanasamy, a Congress leader, has been protesting against Bedi’s decision to mandate helmets for two-wheeler riders in the Union Territory from February 11. Calling it “a clear case of her going her way and causing harassment to the people”, he said he wants to implement the rule only after generating public awareness.

    Narayasamy also claims that 39 government schemes, including a free rice scheme, is pending with the Governor due to her “undemocratic acts and ways of functioning”.

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    Bedi, who is in Delhi till February 20, has invited Narayanasamy for talks at 10 am on February 21. In a letter addressed to him last week, she said that none of the issues raised is pending with her office. “Instead of you waiting for my response to your letter (dated February 7) you have instead come to Raj Niwas demanding a reply in this unlawful manner. This method is unheard of from a person of your position,” she wrote.

    Kejriwal tweeted on Sunday: "The people of Delhi are in complete solidarity wid the people of Puducherry. Why r the people of Delhi and Puducherry being denied democracy even 70 yrs after independence?"

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