Puducherry, Jan 14 (PTI) Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi and Chief Minister V Narayanasamy Monday extended Pongal greetings to the people of the Union Territory.

In her message on the eve of the harvest festival, Bedi said, “Pongal celebrated with fervour by the Tamils across the world stands out as a unique festival.” The festival is celebrated as a thanksgiving day, to express gratitude to Mother Nature and Sun God, she added.

Chief minister Narayanasamy wished people on the eve of the harvest festival.

He made a veiled attack on the Lt Governor on the issue of Pongal gift hampers and said the government had intended to ensure availability of the freebies for the festival to all families.

However, obstacles had been put in the implementation of the proposal, he said adding they would be removed at the earliest.

The Lt Governor has come under attack from Narayanasamy after she insisted on sticking to a government order which restricted Pongal gift hamper scheme to BPL families in the union territory.

Member of Parliament R Radhakrishnan, Ministers and Assembly Speaker V Vaithilingam extended Pongal wishes to the people.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.