The Puducherry lieutenant governor’s tweet comes amidst an ongoing spat with Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy.

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news Social Media Monday, February 18, 2019 - 17:35

Amidst an ongoing spat with Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy, a tweet from Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi has sparked outrage across social media with accusations of racism and discrimination being hurled at her.

In a long-running turf war with Kiran Bedi over Puducherry's administration, V Narayanaswamy and his cabinet colleagues have continued their sit-in protest outside Raj Nivas since last Wednesday. The Chief Minister has also accused Kiran of running a parallel government, which has disrupted the existing mechanism. The dharna has garnered support from political leaders across the country, including Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and DMK leader MK Stalin. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal flew down to Puducherry on Monday to express his solidarity with Narayanaswamy’s cause.

As the latest face off continues, a tweet from Kiran Bedi’s personal Twitter account has ignited fresh controversy on social media. On Monday, Kiran Bedi tweeted a picture showing two crows sitting on a branch of a tree, with one crow extending its wing. “Yoga is Universal…,” read the tweet.

In a second tweet, an hour after the first one, she posted the same picture and wrote, “A member of the media asked me an interesting question. “ Is Dharna also Yoga”? 

I said, “Yes it is. It depends on the purpose for which u sit...what kind of ‘Asanas’ you perform and the ‘sound’ u create?....”

The second tweet caused an onslaught of criticism. Twitter users have slammed Kiran Bedi for appearing to mock the dark skin tone of V Narayanaswamy through her tweet. Many have condemned the tweet and are urging her to apologise.

DMK MP Kanimozhi also took to Twitter to voice her disappointment over Kiran Bedi’s tweet. “@thekiranbedi must apologise for her arrogant,racist comment on @CMPuducherry.Her Klansman colors are coming out,” she posted.

In a third tweet, Kiran Bedi appeared to backtrack as she posted a photo of a cat squirming on the ground. “As I said yoga is Universal. This morning was the crow in the balcony. Earlier it was the cat on the mat. Daily Yoga at RajNivas.”

But the criticism of Kiran continued on Twitter.