Congress demands recall of Puducherry LG Kiran Bedi, Bengal governor KN Tripathi
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Congress demands recall of Puducherry LG Kiran Bedi, Bengal governor KN Tripathi

The Puducherry CM called Kiran Bedi a BJP agent.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2017 20:17 IST
Agencies, New Delhi
Kiran Bedi,Puducherry,Puducherry LG
Kiran Bedi(HT File Photo)

The Congress on Wednesday demanded the recall of Puducherry Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi and West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, accusing them of compromising on constitutional propriety.

The party also accused the BJP of “denigrating, decimating and abusing” the institution of the governor.

Congress spokesperson Sushmita Dev said that ever since the BJP-led NDA government assumed office, the role of governors appointed by it had been questionable, be it in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal or Puducherry.

Governors are becoming political “puppets for the conspiratorial machinations” of the BJP-RSS, it alleged.

Dev said Bedi had “violated every established norm and tradition in swearing in three defeated BJP candidates as nominated MLAs in the state assembly”.

Bedi and Tripathi had compromised the basic tenets of constitutional propriety, she said. “They must be recalled and sacked,” she told reporters.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Tuesday accused Tripathi of acting like “a BJP block president” and “threatening” her. The Raj Bhavan has denied the charges against the governor.

The Congress leader alleged that Tripathi displayed a “disrespectful, distasteful and overbearing conduct” towards an “elected woman chief minister”.

“Never in the history of India has the governor acted in such a partisan fashion, insulting and shouting at a chief minister to serve the interests of the ruling political party at the Centre. This is a clear disregard of the Constitution and disrespect of the people’s mandate,” she said.

Dev said in Puducherry one of those nominated as an MLA is V Saminathan, the BJP president of Puducherry. The other two are BJP treasurer KG Shankar and RSS member Selvaganapathy.

She said the move was in violation of rules and constitutional provisions.

“It once again establishes the manner in which the Lt. Governor of Puducherry is acting as a political puppet, sub- serving the interests of BJP rather than upholding the Constitution of India and well-established laws and procedures,” she said.

The swearing-in of the three members nominated to assembly also came under attack from Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, who termed it as “murder of democracy” and accusing her of working like a “BJP agent.”

Narayanasamy hit out at Bedi for “committing mayhem of democracy by secretly inducting last night three members as nominated legislators.”

He told reporters that the induction of the three members with “utmost speed and secrecy betrayed the intention of the BJP and the lieutenant governor to act in utter violation of the statutory procedures.”

The lieutenant governor “is also functioning like an agent of the Bharatiya Janata Party,” he said.

Narayanasamy said there is a speaker and an elected assembly and the induction of the members should be done only by the speaker. But Bedi had administered the oath “causing a murder of democracy. This act of the lieutenant governor deserves to be condemned in strongest terms,” he said.

First Published: Jul 05, 2017 20:14 IST