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Puducherry power tussle: CM Narayanasamy counters home ministry’s interpretation

He told the Centre it’s the elected government that is vested with administrative powers to govern the union territory as per constitutional provisions.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2017 20:14 IST
KV Lakshmana
KV Lakshmana
Hindustan Times, Chennai
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Puducherry chief minister V.Narayanasamy accuses Lt Governor Kiran Bedi of overstepping her powers (PTI File Photo )

Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy has hit back at the Centre for backing Lt Governor Kiran Bedi in the ongoing power tussle he has been engaged with the former police officer.

Narayanasamy shot off a letter to the central government stating that it is the elected government that is vested with administrative powers to govern the union territory as per Articles 239 AA and 240 Ist proviso of the Constitution.

His communiqué was in response to the home ministry’s clarification that the LG has full powers to call for papers of any particular department and that the position of the LG in a union territory is wider in its scope and powers as compared to the position of a governor in a full-fledged state.

“Perhaps the home ministry has not looked at the appropriate provisions of the Constitution, which I have pointed out in my letter,” Narayanasamy told HT over phone from Puducherry.

He said those constitutional provisions made it clear that once an elected government is constituted, the role of the president in governance comes to an end. “And if the president’s role itself is over, then what is the standing of the LG,” he asked.

The chief minister said his government has never objected to LG seeking clarifications and calling for papers. “We only want the LG to follow the established norms in calling for papers,” he added.

The chief minister said he was objecting to Bedi writing to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to pass binding orders on the government to protect the environment in and around the Kurumbapet garbage dumping yard or issuing orders to release an elephant from a temple on the basis of complaints from some NGOs.

Accusing the LG of overstepping her powers and interfering with the running of the state and also coming in the way of an elected government from fulfilling its election promises, the CM recently sent a memorandum to the union home ministry.

The ministry in its response clarified that LG in a union territory can act on his or her own, without the advice of the council of ministers. And in case of any difference of opinion can send the matter to the central government or president and in case of emergency can take a decision at the LG level itself.

The home ministry, the chief minister claimed, was silent on many of the objections he had raised.

First Published: Jun 25, 2017 12:03 IST