Pondy CM slams Bedi for remarks on TN water scarcity

Coimbatore: Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi stoked controversy when she stated that Tamilnadu’s water scarcity was because of poor governance, corrupt politics and indifferent bureaucracy.

Yesterday, the Union Territory’s Chief Minister V Narayanasamy slammed her for the remarks. He pointed out that not just Tamilnadu and Puducherry even Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana were facing water crisis.

Speaking to reporters, he said the situation in Tamilnadu was because of lack of rain and unavailability of Krishna river water. There was a need to protect water bodies in order to store rain water. Proper fund allocation for desilting was also required, said Narayanasamy when asked about the ongoing water crisis.

He further added that Bedi had taken steps to desilt two lakes and a canal and the government and public had extended total support. He said Bedi had a disease, that of publicity. It was condemnable to link political party leaders with water scarcity and Bedi had no moral right to make such a statement. He further said such persons were sent to Congress-ruled States to create problems and trouble the government.

NT Bureau