Congress leader and state Chief Minister V Narayanasamy walked out of the House on Monday (February 22) even before the majority test in Puducherry Assembly. After this, the speaker announced that the government does not have a majority. CM will now go to Raj Bhavan and submit his resignation to the Lieutenant Governor.
After losing the majority test in Puducherry, the Congress lost power to another state. Earlier last year, the Congress’s Kamal Nath government fell in Madhya Pradesh. After that Shivraj Singh Chauhan of BJP formed the government there. A new government will be formed in Puducherry or President’s rule will not be clear on this, but there is a possibility that President’s rule can be imposed there.
While presenting the vote of confidence in the Legislative Assembly, CM Narayanasamy said that the Congress government has a majority, but former Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi created obstacles in many welfare schemes. On the other hand, before the floor test, Independent MLA V Ramachandran said that I am supporting the current government, I do not want to change my opinion, but it seems that the present government does not have majority in the Assembly.
Earlier on Sunday evening, an important meeting of the leaders of the party and allies took place at the residence of Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy. After this, CM reached the assembly and discussed the strategy of saving the government with the Congress MLAs. How will the government save? On asking, the CM said that he will disclose his strategy in the House itself.
Here, one more Congress MLA just before the majority test. After the resignation of Laxminarayanan and DMK MLA Venkatesan, the Congress-DMK alliance’s MLAs in the 33-member assembly had come down to 11, while the opposition parties had 14 MLAs.
Laxminarayanan and Venkatesan had submitted their resignation to Vidhan Sabha Speaker VP Sivakolundhu at his residence on Sunday. After this, Laxminarayanan told reporters, « The Narayanasamy led government has lost a majority ». Laxminarayanan said that he has also resigned from the membership of the party.
Venkatesan told reporters that he has only resigned from the post of MLA and he will remain a part of the DMK. He said, « … I was not able to meet the needs of my people in my constituency, because funds have not been allocated under the MLA Local Area Development Fund. »
Four Congress MLAs, including former ministers A Namasivayam (now in BJP) and Malladi Krishna Rao, had earlier resigned, while another party MLA was disqualified. A close aide of Narayasamy. John Kumar also resigned this week. So far, five Congress MLAs and a total of six DMK MLAs have resigned.
Puducherry’s newly appointed Deputy Governor Tamilisai Sundararajan had asked the Narayanasamy government to prove its majority in the Assembly on February 22 after the resignation of six MLAs. The opposition alleged that the Narayanasamy government has come in a minority.
Party legislators have burnt the rebellion against Narayanasamy, the face of the Congress in Puducherry, when assembly elections are going to be held there in a few months and the Congress has announced to contest elections under his leadership. Five years ago, the Congress sent Narayanasamy from the politics of the Center to the politics of the state. He was working as Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office in Manmohan Singh’s UPA-2 government at the Center, but in 2016 he was made the CM of Puducherry.
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