A sizable number of protesting leaders, including Narayanasamy, stayed the whole night on Wednesday at the protest venue in front of Raj Nivas, the official residence of lieutenant governor, and slept on the roadside. On Thursday morning, Narayanasamy went for the routine walk and resumed the agitation after visiting his chamber on the nearby legislative assembly premises.
The chief minister submitted a letter to Bedi on February 7 urging her to fulfil the 36-charter demand of the elected government. He condemned Bedi for interfering with the day-to-day affairs of the elected government and stalling welfare and development schemes.
Bedi, in a letter addressed to the chief minister on Wednesday night, invited him to the Raj Nivas for a detailed discussion at 10am on February 21. She regretted that the chief minister, instead of waiting for her response to his letter, came to the Raj Nivas demanding a reply in an unlawful manner. “This method is unheard of from a person of your position,” she said.
However, Narayanasamy declined Bedi’s invitation. Replying to her letter, the chief minister said he and his cabinet colleagues would not relent until “a lasting solution is found to the issues” he raised in his February 7 letter.
Narayanasamy and others staging a protest outside Raj Nivas on Thursday night
“The files related to the issues raised by me have to be recalled by you (which has been your routine practice these days) immediately, and justice shall be rendered to the aggrieved people of Puducherry,” he said.
He maintained that until then he and his colleagues would continue the protest.
“We will not be cowed down by any kind of autocratic threats,” he said, urging Bedi to change her style of day-to-day governance.
Meanwhile, four companies of rapid action force from Tirunelveli and Avadi in Tamil Nadu and Nagari from Andhra Pradesh reached Puducherry to assist the local police in maintaining the law and order situation here. The companies have been posted at the Raj Nivas to strengthen security.
Bedi left for Chennai to participate in a private function on Thursday morning. She would leave for New Delhi to attend a series of public and private functions and would be back in Puducherry on February 20, said a Raj Nivas source.