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Courting controversy from all sides, Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi withheld her directive within hours on Saturday after she said that territorial government’s free rice scheme would be operated in the rural areas once the local MLAs and commune panchayat commissioners certify that the villages are open defecation and garbage free.

1: Bedi retracts controversial order: Following her directive to cancel free rice scheme until the hamlets are certified open defecation free and subsequent criticism on her way of governance, Lt Governor Kiran Bedi went ahead and recalled the order in a tweet on Saturday.

Deciding to withhold her decision to "avoid misreading of intention", Bedi in a clarification note to media stated that her intention in linking the rural open defecation and cleanliness to free rice distribution is not to deny any poor persons of their entitlement as she already had sanctioned to provide quality grains to needy families.

"To avoid misreading of this intention and in view of the forthcoming commitment made by the union territory government that villages in Puducherry will achieve Open Defecation Free by June end, I am happy to give them some more time. Therefore I am withholding my earlier communications," she wrote.

2: AAP calls Bedi an agent of BJP: Drawing parallels between L-G Anil Baijal and Kiran Bedi, the Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday alleged that Governors and Lt Governors across the country have been behaving as "BJP agents" ever since the Narendra Modi-government came to power.

"The Puducherry LG seems to be following in the footsteps of what her Delhi counterpart Anil Baijal has been frequently doing. Despite having no power to overrule the elected government according to the Constitution, Mr Baijal in active connivance with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, is leaving no stone unturned in stalling the flagship schemes of elected Delhi government," AAP said in a statement.

"The absurd and unjustified diktat by the BJP-appointed LG of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi, to suspend free rice distribution to the poor in villages is a clear proof of how decisions of elected governments not belonging to BJP are being brazenly overturned in gross misuse of Constitutional positions," the AAP said, PTI reported.

Linking free rice distribution to sanitation goes against the principles of social justice and equality. It violates the Constitutional tenets and defeats directive principles regarding nutrition and public health. I urge @thekiranbedi to withdraw this direction immediately. pic.twitter.com/GKkstG0nsL

5: Bedi’s observation from weekend visits to villages: In her letter to Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, she wanted to bring his attention to the poor sanitation condition in the rural pockets of the Union Territory, "which I was a witness to during my 155th weekend visit to Mannadipet village."

6: Bedi’s bid to get ODF and clean Puduchhery: Lt Governor Kiran Bedi on Saturday after her visits to some villages in a Whatsapp message to the mediapersons expressed her dissatisfaction over the ‘slow pace’ of implementation of the rural sanitation programme.

"Distribution of free rice to the villagers should be conditional to the certification of the village being open defecation free and free of strewn garbage and plastics," she said, adding that a joint certification given by the local MLA and the Commune panchayat commissioner should be submitted to the Civil Supplies Commissioner.

7: Bedi’s stint as Puducherry L-G: Ever since she became Lt Governor in May 2016, Bedi and the Congress government have been at loggerheads over various issues, including her style of functioning, the swearing-in of three MLAs and medical admissions, among others.