Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and his ministerial colleagues continued their dharna outside the Raj Nivas for the second day on Thursday protesting Lt Governor Kiran Bedi's "negative stand" towards his government' proposals awaiting her approval.
Narayanasamy, his ministers and party MLAs had on Wednesday night slept on a pavement close to the Raj Nivas wearing black shirts. They have been demanding that the Lt Governor accord sanction to 39 government proposals, including a free rice scheme.
If you recollect, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had gone on a dharna for over a week in June last year at the Raj Niwas protesting against the four-month-long 'strike' by bureaucrats.
In Puducherry, functionaries of different wings of the ruling Congress and the DMK have also joined the protest.
Bedi left for New Delhi early on Thursday morning under tight security of the Rapid Action Force. A source in the Raj Nivas told media that she would return on February 20 and has invited the chief minister for discussion over the issues raised by him on February 21. Asserting that their protest would continue till the government proposals were cleared, the chief minister said, "Even if it is not possible to immediately concede all the 39 pleas, the Lt Governor can give her nod to some of the important schemes including the free rice scheme and grants."