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Puducherry Assembly resolution seeks to curb L-G's powers

Puducherry Assembly resolution seeks to curb L-Gs powers
The Puducherry Assembly on Friday passed a resolution for absolute powers to the elected government led by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy to check the style of functioning of Lt Governor Kiran Bedi.

The passage of the resolution, which in effect seeks to curb the powers of the Lt Governor, was preceded by noisy protests by two opposition AINRC members who came to the defence of Bedi and were later suspended for disrupting the proceedings.

Narayanaswamy took strong exception to Bedi making field visits, calling meetings of officials at the Raj Nivas, holding meetings through video conferencing and sending communications through the social media.

Claiming that the Lt Governor had no powers to take any decision arbitrarily, the chief minister said she should act in "consultation and concurrence" of the elected ministry.

Bedi, who assumed office in May last year, has been involved in tussles with the Congress government on a host of issues. She has been asserting that being the administrator of the UT, she had the powers over administrative matters.

Last year, the former IPS officer had even threatened to quit her post and leave the Union Territory over non- cooperation by officials.

The resolution urged the Centre to bring amendments to the Government of Union Territories Act 1963 so that only the elected government in the UT was vested with full powers on administrative matters so that it could look after the welfare of the people.

Initially moved as a Private Member resolution by AIADMK AMMA MLA A Anbalagan, it was later converted as government sponsored one and declared passed unanimously by Speaker V Vaithilingam.

Pressing for absolute powers to the UT government, Narayanasamy referred to the provisions in the Constitution and also the various legislations relating to administration and conduct of business in Puducherry.

He said Puducherry was different from other Union Territories like Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep as it has an elected legislature.

Earlier, tabling the resolution, Anbalagan said the tug of war between the Lt Governor and the government was affecting implementation of various welfare schemes.

Ruling Congress member R K R Anandaraman accused Bedi of making "unnecessary and objectionable intervention" in the daily administration.
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