Nomination of BJP members as MLAs against cooperative federalism: Puducherry CM V Narayanswamy

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanswamy. Photo: Twitter

New Delhi, July 6: Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanswamy on Thursday said that the nomination of three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members as MLAs by Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi is against principles of cooperative federalism. “How can a Governor nominate MLAs without consulting the elected government? This is against cooperative federalism. Without consulting the Chief Minister or Council of Ministers, three nominations by the Government of India is illegal, unconstitutional, against democracy, ” Narayanasamy said.

The ruling Congress party staged a strong protest in the Puducherry Legislative Assembly yesterday over three BJP members being nominated as MLAs by Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi. The move upset the Congress Party. The Congress leadership labelled Lt. Governor Bedi as an “agent of the Bhartaiya Janata Party (BJP)”, while she countered by saying that she was an agent of the law and is working according to that. “I am an agent of law and that’s exactly what I have done. We are working under the law to fulfil the law. I am working according to that,” Bedi told ANI.

V Saminathan, K.G. Shankar and S Selvaganapathy were nominated and sworn in as MLAs in a quiet manner. Usually the Speaker administers the oath of office but in this case, it was administered by the LG on the instructions of the Union Home Ministry. Several parties, including DMK, have called for a shutdown on July 8.
Lt. Governor Bedi issued a statement that said, “According to the Union Territories Act the nomination of three MLAs to Puducherry Legislative Assembly is to be done by Central the Government and it only says this nothing more.”

She further said it is the Ministry of Home Affairs that sends the name to the Puducherry Government, who then notify it, as was done in this case. “The oath is and can be administered by Administrator. Hence the nomination and the oath is/was laid down under the UT Act,” she added. She further said that those who want to be explained the legal position as per the law may read the act. This is not the first time an incident of this nature has happened. In 1990, Chandravathi, administered the ath of office and secrecy to three nominated MLAs belonging to the DMK when the DMK-JantaDal coalition was in office. (ANI)

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