Puducherry Minister continues dharna against Lt Governor

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(Eds: Updates with CM's quotes) Puducherry, Jan 11 (PTI) Puducherry Welfare Minister M Kandasamy on Monday continued his dharna for the second day, protesting the alleged delay on the part of Lt Governor Kiran Bedi in approving scheme-related files pertaining to his department.

A day after he launched the protest all of a sudden on the premises of the union territory assembly, the Minister, who spent the night sleeping on the corridor, said he had sent 15 files on various proposals to Bedi, seeking disposal of them after discussions with him.

Bedi had, however, informed him she would first acquaint herself with the status of the matters raised by him with officials concerned and would communicate the date of a meeting, he told reporters here.

Apparently irked by the Lt Governor's stand, the Minister has resorted to the dharna.

Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, who met Kandasamy on Monday, hit out at the Lt Governor, accusing her of overstepping her limits and blocking schemes approved in the Puducherry budget.

Defending the protest by the Minister, he alleged all the proposals forwarded to Bedi for approval were either kept in cold storage or the files returned to the government.

'The Lt Governor is overstepping her limits and acts in an utterly unauthorised manner hindering implementing several schemes,' he told reporters.

Referring to the three-day agitation seeking recall of Bedi, the chief minister said a series of protests would be launched from the last week of this month and their demand was that she should 'go back'.

Kandasamy said the proposals sent by him included steps to reopen the closed textile mills-AFT, Swadeshi and Sri Bharathi Mills.

Development of the port here was among other issues he had raised for clearance by the Lt Governor, the Minister added. PTI CORR SS VS VS