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Congress loses majority in Puducherry, V Narayanasamy resigns, blames BJP

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Puducherry: The Congress in Puducherry lost power after losing the trust vote in the legislative assembly with several party MLAs rendering their resignation from their positions, hence reducing the ruling alliance to a minority. The UT Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, who failed a floor test on Monday and has also resigned from his post, blaming former Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government over the current political crisis in Puducherry and betraying the people of the union territory (UT).

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Currently, the Congress-DMK ruling alliance has support of 12 members, after two exits on Sunday, including an Independent candidate, while the opposition, All Indian NR Congress and AIADMK, has 14 legislators.

However, addressing the assembly in Special Session for trust vote debate, the CM had claimed that the Congress has a majority in the House. While, demanding full statehood for Puducherry and accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of “forcibly” trying to implement Hindi in the UT and neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

“Former LG Kiran Bedi and central government colluded with the opposition and tried to topple the government. As our MLAs stayed united we managed to pull off the last 5 years. The Centre has betrayed the people of Puducherry by not granting funds we requested,” he said.

“We formed the government with the support of DMK and independent MLAs. After that, we faced various elections. We have won all the by-elections. It is clear that people of Puducherry trust us,” he added.

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While listing his government’s achievements in the UT, Mr Narayanasamy said that the growth rate of Puducherry is 10.2 per cent which is more than the growth rate of the nation. He also said that Puducherry’s deficit is just around 1.9 per cent.

“Elected members from Congress party were on the field during Covid-19 pandemic to oversee the efforts of the healthcare authorities and assist them in the treatment and cure of Covid-19 patients while the members of the opposition parties did not even step out of their houses,” he further added.

On Thursday, Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan called the Chief Minister and ordered him to take a floor test on Monday citing the opposition’s stand that his government no longer has a majority. She called for the trust vote a day after taking charge following Kiran Bedi’s sudden sacking as Lieutenant Governor on Tuesday.

In last two months, Congress government was shook by four resignations in the UT, two in January and two last week. Both the leaders who quit in January have now joined the BJP and the rest are reportedly tipped to do the same. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has insisted that the last two resignations have not been accepted and the MLAs would come around.

Now after being in minority, the NR Congress may soon be asked to form government with only three months to polls, or call for President’s rule.

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