The tiff between Puducherry Chief Minister Narayanasamy and Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi seems to have reached a crescendo. On Friday, the Puducherry assembly passed a unanimous resolution asking the central government to reduce the power of Lieutenant Governor. The resolution alleged that the LG was not co-operating with the government.
AIADMK MLA Anbalagan placed the resolution in the assembly on Friday and was passed unanimously. The resolution states that since the Lieutenant Governor was not cooperating with the legislative, many people centric schemes had been affected and hence people were bearing the brunt of the fallout. The resolution asked the central government to bring in reforms to curtail the powers given to the Lieutenant Governor and make sure that more power was vested with the government chosen by the people.
Addressing the media after the assembly session, Chief Minister Narayanasamy said, “We have taken this decision in the assembly unitedly. I had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about this issue. We will be sending this decision of ours to the Central government.”
This comes a day after Narayanasamy had asked Kiran Bedi to prove her allegations of corruption in postgraduate medical admissions by the Centralized Admission Committee (Centac) and also apologize for misguiding the students and people of Puducherry.
However, the Madras High Court on Friday ordered deemed universities in the Pondicherry University to admit medical students under the government quota before June 19. A PIL was filed by candidates who were denied admission to medical institutions in Puducherry.
Bedi’s intervention came in the context of the refusal by many college managements to follow the fee structure prescribed by a Fee Committee appointed by the Supreme Court. This insistence had left 71 government quota seats unfilled at the end of two rounds of counselling by the Centralised Admission Committee (CENTAC) and were transferred to the management quota.
Kiran Bedi had earlier said, “We have on record from the students as to the kind of injustice or even exploitation which has happened or as to the irregularities which happened or the violations which have been committed by certain colleges in asking from the students’ certain conditions. I don’t want to tell you the details of which college decided to impose which condition, these are violative of laws, so now, once we compile all this, we will proceed further.”