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BJP trying to grab power in Puducherry through backdoor tactics: Stalin
18 February 2019

DMK leader accuses national party of using the Lt. Governor as a pawn, demands that she be recalled by the Centre

DMK president M.K. Stalin on Sunday accused the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre of trying to grab power in Puducherry through “backdoor tactics” and by using Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi as a pawn to achieve the goal.

Speaking to reporters after calling on Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy, his Cabinet colleagues and MLAs holding an indefinite dharna in front of the Raj Nivas, he said, “If the BJP has the courage to face the elections in Puducherry, it should do that instead of trying to grab power through backdoor tactics.”

Mr. Stalin alleged that Ms. Bedi was constantly disturbing and harassing the duly elected government in Puducherry with the “direct blessings” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Chief Minister and his Cabinet colleagues have been observing an indefinite dharna in front of the Raj Nivas for the last five days to press their 39-point charter of demands.

Instead of taking steps to fulfil the demands, the Lt. Governor was placing obstacles and functioning like a dictator, Mr. Stalin said. “Her continued interference is undemocratic and also strikes at the spirit of the Constitution,” he said.

“I am sorry that the Centre is using the Lt. Governor to disturb the duly elected government in Puducherry. The Centre must immediately intervene and recall Ms. Bedi and ensure that the spirit of democracy is upheld,” Mr. Stalin said.

The DMK leader sought to know whether Ms. Bedi, a former police officer, was treating the Union Territory like the Tihar Jail, and its people, as inmates. “The failure on the part of Mr. Modi to take cognisance of the current development in Puducherry over the last five days is utterly shameful. The DMK is totally opposed to this current approach of the Centre and the party will also prevail upon the Union government to recall Ms. Bedi,” he said. “I don’t mean any disrespect to Ms. Bedi. However, just like Chinna Thambi was shifted to the elephant camp, Ms. Bedi should be recalled by the Centre,” the DMK leader said, in an apparent reference to a wild elephant that was captured and sent to an elephant camp recently.

Earlier, CPI(M) State secretary K. Balakrishnan and CPI State secretary R. Mutharasan called on Mr. Narayanasamy and extended their support to his stir.



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