After Lt Governor Kiran Bedi carried out the swearing-in ceremony of three members, she has come under attack from Chief Minister V Narayanasamy who described the developments as “murder of democracy” and said that Kiran Bedi was acting as an agent of BJP. Narayanasamy said that Bedi has “committing mayhem of democracy by secretly inducting last night three members as nominated legislators.” He said the induction of three members, V Saminathan, BJP’s Puducherry unit president, K G Shankar (its treasurer) and S Selvaganapathy (an educationist), was done with utmost secrecy and speed. He said that this is a violation of the statutory procedures and it betrays the intentions of the BJP and the Lt Governor.
Narayanasamy said that the induction of the members should have been done only by the speaker since the state has an elected assembly and a speaker. He said that this act by the Lt. Governor should be condemned in the strongest terms. To protest against Bedi’s decision, a bandh has been called, which is supported by ruling Congress and its ally DML and other parties. However, Bedi has justified her action, saying that the swearing-in of the three nominated members was according to the provisions of the Union Territories Act, 1963.