Puducherry, Feb. 12 -- Agriculture Minister R Kamalakannan on Wednesday accused Lt.Governor Kiran Bedi in the Assembly for threatening Food Corporation of India (FCI) Chairman for coming forward to assist the Union Territory in procuring paddy.

In a suo motu statement after tabling a resolution declaring Karaikal district and Bahour region as a Special Protected Agricultural Zone in the house, Mr Kamalakannan said the Lt Governor threatened the FCI Chairman after he agreed to procure paddy following consultations he held with Chief Minister, Ministers during his visit to UT recently.

He also accused Ms Bedi of instigating the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to prevent FCI from going ahead with procurement.

Giving a detailed response, ...