Centre using ‘Delhi’ tactics in Puducherry: AAP on Kiran Bedi


Attacking Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi for allegedly interfering in the working of the government, the AAP said on Saturday Centre is using similar tactics in the Union Territory the way it is doing in Delhi.

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WhatsApp groups formed by Bedi to interact with officials of the administration bypassing the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues have nudged the tenuous relationship between the two arms of the executive towards conflict.

Bedi assumed charge on May 29 even before the Congress government took office. She has been issuing instructions to officials through the WhatsApp groups and reviewing the progress of various development projects through social media networks. She has also been actively interacting with all sorts of people through her official and personal Twitter handles.

Speaking to the chief secretary, secretaries and department heads and senior officials at a recent meeting, Narayanasamy strongly objected to the WhatsApp groups and directed the territorial officials to approach the ministers concerned for day-to-day administrative functioning, ignoring instructions through social media platforms.

Narayanasamy believes that unlike in Delhi, the elected government in Puducherry has more powers. "The Union territory of Puducherry has absolute power over law and order, land and administration," Narayanasamy told reporters when asked about his comment on the Delhi high court verdict declaring the LG as the administrator of Delhi.

This is not the first time the CM and his cabinet have snubbed Bedi. Their absence during the June 21 Yoga Day celebrations led by her was perceived as a display of their discontent over Bedi's administrative functioning.

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