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V Narayanasamy hit out at Lt Governor Kiran Bedi for her remarks in favor of statehood

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy today hit out at Lt Governor Kiran Bedi for her remarks that certain regions of the union territory were not in favor of statehood, and said she should refrain from making political comments.


PTI Last Updated at 28-07-2018 21:45:12 IST India

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy today hit out at Lt Governor Kiran Bedi for her remarks that certain regions of the union territory were not in favor of statehood, and said she should refrain from making political comments.

Narayanasamy said Bedi had no locus standi to oppose the statehood claims. He said Bedi was an "outsider", who would return to Delhi after her tenure at Puducherry, adding that she should concentrate only on administrative work.

Bedi had said it was a decision of the Parliament and a complex matter. "Karaikal, Yanam, and Mahe (enclaves of the union territory) don't want to be part of it.

So within the elected representatives, there is no unanimity nor among the people...," she had told reporters recently at Chennai.

Speaking to reporters here, Narayanasamy reiterated that statehood demand was for all four regions (Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe, and Yanam) together and there was no question of leaving any region separate.

He said all major political parties of the union territory, including the Congress, NR Congress, DMK, and AIADMK were supporting the demand for statehood.

Narayanasamy asserted that the people of Karaikal, Mahe, and Yanam were all supporting statehood for Puducherry. He said full statehood for Puducherry would enhance the financial health of the region.

"At present, the union government's grants cover only about 25 percent of the expenses. If we get statehood, we would be getting up to 42 percent share from the union government," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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