The government of Congress in Pondicherry falls; CM V Narayanasamy resigns

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V Narayanasamy resigned from his post as Chief Minister of Pondicherry on Monday after failing to prove a majority of his government on the floor of the Assembly.

Pondicherry Assembly Speaker Vice President Sivakolundhu announced that Narayanasamy’s motion of confidence was rejected after the chief minister and ruling party members staged a walkout.

A few minutes later, Narayanasamy met Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan and tendered his resignation. In the morning, Narayanasamy introduced the motion and delivered a lengthy speech in which he accused the BJP and the NR Congress of overthrowing his government.

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Narayanasamy said Congress staged a walkout after the president refused to accept their argument that appointed MPs were not allowed to vote. He also said that the overthrow of a government elected by the BJP is nothing more than “political prostitution”.

The LG last week asked Narayanasamy to prove his majority after his government plunged into a minority. Problems for the chief minister escalated on Sunday when two other congressional and DMK lawmakers resigned. With this, the strength of the ruling combine fell to 12, including the president. The opposition claims the support of 14 MPs, including 3 appointed lawmakers who are members of the BJP.

It is not clear at this time whether the LG will recommend the president’s reign or allow opposition leader N Rangasamy to form a new government.

This development comes just a few months before the elections, with the term of the current government due to end on June 6.


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