Puducherry Chief Minister Calls Off Dharna After Meeting With Kiran Bedi



The cheif Minister of Puducherry, V Narayanasamy, ended his sit-in on Monday after a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, saying that a “partial success” was achieved in several lawsuits.

Mr. Narayanasamy was organizing a dharna (sitting) in front of the assembly, which entered its sixth day on Monday, due to various demands, such as increased assistance in old age and widowhood pension plans.

The chief minister also said that he and his cabinet colleagues also suspended other upheavals, including the Bharo prison and the fasting scheduled for February 20 and 21.

“We are suspending all the agitations planned for the next two days against Kiran Bedi, since we could obtain partial success in several public matters in the meeting we had with her,” Narayanasamy said at a press conference after a session over four hours. Meeting with Mrs. Bedi in her office on Monday night.

After talks with the Lieutenant Governor, he and his cabinet colleagues met in the committee room and the ministers and legislators decided “unanimously” that “the upheavals, including the bharo jail and the massive rapid scheduled for 20 and 21 February, are suspended. ”

Mr. Narayanasamy also said that the dharna outside the assembly was also canceled immediately after the meeting.

He said the talks were held at the invitation of the Lieutenant Governor on several issues he mentioned in his letter sent to him on February 7.

“Most of the important issues, including the payment of monthly assistance to 10,000 new minor applicants and the widow’s pension, and the auction of the cooperative sugar plant to raise funds to pay farmers and workers, were discussed, and the Lieutenant Governor gave her approval to these schemes, “said the head of government.

He also accepted government representation for the publication of teachers on the basis of contracts and the appointment of nurses in government hospitals, Narayanasamy said.

On other issues, said the Chief Minister, Ms. Bedi told the ministers that she would consider her representations.

“We are partially satisfied with the outcome of the meeting and we are suspending all the upheavals and suspending the dharna,” he said.

However, said the head of government, the campaign for statehood would continue “without interruption.”