‘Con­cur with govt or face reper­cus­sions’

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - SECOND FRONT PAGE -

Lt Gov­er­nor Ki­ran Bedi will face se­ri­ous reper­cus­sions if she does not see eye to eye with the Puducherry gov­ern­ment on the Pon­gal gift ham­per scheme

I had on Fri­day sent a file, in­form­ing her that Pon­gal ham­pers com­pris­ing raisins, cashew nuts and car­damom should be avail­able free of cost to all fam­i­lies with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion. I have made it clear that the ben­e­fit should be avail­able for all fam­i­lies

The re­cent Madras High Court order, per­mit­ting dis­tri­bu­tion of free­bies to all ra­tion card hold­ers in Tamil Nadu with­out any dis­crim­i­na­tion, is also ap­pli­ca­ble to Puducherry

The Lt Gov­er­nor is twist­ing and mis­in­ter­pret­ing the court order which only re­strained the Tamil Nadu gov­ern­ment from distribut­ing cash gift of Rs 1,000 to all fam­i­lies. The free sup­ply of pro­vi­sions and com­modi­ties for Pon­gal is to cover all fam­i­lies and the Madras High Court has also made this very clear

Lt Gov­er­nor Ki­ran Bedi can­not run roughshod and mis­use power and au­thor­ity

Puducherry Chief Min­is­ter V Narayanasamy

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