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Madras HC dismisses Puducherry CM’s writ petition

In a setback for the Congress government led by Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy, the Madras High Court has dismissed the petition filed by him against President Ram Nath Kovind”s decision to agree with Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi”s decision to offer cash instead of free rice for ration cardholders.

Hearing the petition filed by Narayanasamy, the Court on Friday said the decision of the President on matters referred to him relating to a Union Territory has to be complied with.

The court said the Government of Union Territories Act, 1963 gives the Lt. Governor the power to refer to the President an issue if he/she does not agree with the Council of Ministers.

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