DMK demands removal of Lt Guv Bedi


Team Udayavani, Jul 1, 2019, 7:12 PM IST

Chennai/Puducherry: DMK legislators on Monday staged a walkout from the Assembly after Speaker P Dhanapal did not allow the leader of Opposition M K Stalin to raise an issue involving remarks by Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi on the water scarcity here.

The DMK also wanted Bedi to apologise for her comments and urged President Ram Nath Kovind to remove her from the office.

Stalin wanted to refer to Bedi’s remarks while speaking in the House on a calling attention motion on the water shortage situation but Speaker did not allow him citing Assembly rules that forbade discussions about Governor.

Condemning the remarks by Bedi, Stalin led his party members in staging a walkout. Comments made by him and Law Minister C V Shanmugam on the issue were expunged by the Chair.

The Puducherry Lt Governor, referring to a media report on the water situation here, had said on Sunday that Chennai has become the first city in the country to run dry four years after it witnessed floods due to copious rains.

The people’s perception, in response to the report, was that the situation arose due to “poor governance, corrupt politics and indifferent bureaucracy,” she said.

On Monday, she said she shared only the people’s perception. “It is not my personal view and hence there is nothing personal in the message,” she added.

Speaking to reporters outside the Assembly, the DMK chief alleged Bedi had blamed “poor governance, corrupt politics, indifferent bureaucracy and highly selfish and cowardly attitude of the people,” for the Chennai’s water crisis on her twitter handle.

He also cited media reports in this regard.

If political parties were criticised by her, it could have been tolerated but her remarks were against the people, he said, adding the comments were “uncivilised and insulted the people of Tamil Nadu”.

“The Puducherry Lt Governor’s comments are condemnable. We will not accept it for any reason, we have staged a walkout condemning it,” he said.

The DMK chief, later in a statement, demanded that Bedi withdraw her comments and apologise to the people of Tamil Nadu.

Meanwhile, the AIADMK party unit in Puducherry said they would urge the Centre to take action against Bedi.

Both the AIADMK and DMK in the Union territory have announced protests against her.

 

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