That Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi and Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy have been at loggerheads with each other on a number of issues is old news. But in a rare but interesting turn of events, the two turned the 53rd Kamban Vizha into a laughter festival and how!
Kiran Bedi and Narayanaswamy decided to bury the hatchet - temporarily - when Bedi invited Narayanaswamy to be her translator for the event on Friday.
“I trust you for the next 10 minutes only,” she chuckled for which the Chief Minister responded “I also trust you to a certain extent only,” leaving the audience in splits.
She went on to thank him for his "temporary" truce and the CM too responded laughing, "Friendship will continue for some time and thereafter there will be depart."
A number of leaders were invited to participate in the 53rd Kamban Vizha organised by Puducherry Kamban Kazhagam and among them were Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, High Court Hyderabad Judge Justice Ramasumbramanian and Sri Lankan State Minister of Education VS Radhakrishnan.
Bedi began her speech by asking the audience if all of them followed English. When she found that a good number of them didn’t, she invited Puducherry Education Minister R Kamalakannan to translate her address. When the Education Minister said he only followed the language to an extent and that he would translate it to the best of his abilities, Bedi went ahead to invite Chief Minister Narayanaswamy to be her translator.
Her request, however, was immediately obliged by the CM. In addition to exchanging pleasantries, Bedi joked that Narayanaswamy should only translate what she spoke to which he said, “That I cannot guarantee.”
The two leaders, setting their differences aside and sharing a lighter moment won the hearts of many.
Bedi and Narayanaswamy have strongly opposed each other on many instances. Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy's parliamentary secretary K Lakshminarayanan had moved the Madras High Court last July seeking to quash the recommendations sent by the Lt governor to the Union government regarding the appointment of three MLAs to the Union Territory's Assembly.
CM also slammed Bedi for her initiative to stop the distribution of free rice to those villages that are not open defecation and garbage free. She was later forced to withdraw the announcement following severe criticism from different quarters.
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