Puducherry, July 9: To protest against the nomination of three BJP members to the territorial assembly by Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) with other outfits called a ‘Puducherry bandh’ on Saturday.
Fearing the criticism, most of the commercial establishments in urban as well as rural areas of Puducherry remained closed. The bandh also generated fear amongst the Public transport facilities, including buses and autorickshaws as they have to remain off roads. Puducherry schools and colleges too were observed closed on Saturday.
Some protestors pelted the stones on the two state-owned buses. This attack resulted in the damage of windscreens. The protesters including members belonging to DMK staged protests at different locations.
On this entire situation, Lt Governor Kiran Bedi said that the bandh called by political parties in Puducherry was ‘most unwanted’. “The bandh is against performance not against non-performance, against honesty, integrity, activism,” she added.
During the protest in front of Raj Niwas, around 300 volunteers of VCK were arrested for shouting slogans against the Lt Governor. The Raj Niwas was protected with the help of barricades laid by police and they had kept the vigil at all key points in the city to thwart any untoward incident.
Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy stated, “The induction of three members by Governor is a shame on the constitution and the democratic norms and conventions”. “Only the Speaker is the constitutional authority to induct any member as legislator of the House”, he added.
Demanding cancellation of the order of Union home ministry appointing the nominated Members of the Legislative Assembly, DMK legislator R Siva, CPI secretary R. Viswanathan, the CPI (M) secretary R. Rajangam, leaders of various outfits called a ‘Road Roko’ which led them to get trapped in the police custody.