Puducherry Lt Governor Kiren Bedi's comment that " poor governance, corrupt politics and indifferent bureaucracy” are to blame for the water crisis in Chennai found its echo in Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday when Leader of the Opposition M K Stalin sought to raise it.
Speaker P Dhanapal, however, refused him , saying that the conduct of the Union Territory’s Lt Governor could not be discussed.The DMK president blamed the Tamil Nadu Government for the water crisis in Chennai and cited Bedi’s comments. However, the Speaker expunged his remarks. In protest, the DMK staged a walkout.
Bedi in a tweet on Sunday said Chennai, India’s sixth largest city, had become the first city to run dry.”The same city was in floods due to copious rains just four years back. Where lies the problem?. Poor governance, corrupt politics and indifferent bureaucracy”.
Bedi was responding to Prime Minister’s call for water conservation in his man ki baat address. She said: “ When it rains there is abundance for all. But we do not value it. We do not respect it. We do not harvest it..!”
Bedi said that under Water rich Puducherry, she got the lakes, ponds and channels in the town cleared by nearby factories and volunteers at no cost to the government. It only identified the water bodies to be cleaned. She commended this water conservation model to the rest of the country.