The number of Narayanasamy-led government has further declined as two more MLAs resigned amid a no-confidence motion in Pondicherry on Monday. Congress MLA K. Laxminarayanan and Damuk MLA Venkatesan resigned on Sunday. Both of them are Assembly Speaker V. P. He went to Sivakolundhu’s residence and submitted his resignation letter. With the resignation of the two, the strength of the government has now come down to 11. A world-class resolution will be tabled in the Assembly on Monday and Chief Minister Narayanasamy is facing the challenge of winning it.
Four MLAs from Chief Minister Narayanasamy’s group had resigned last week. With the departure of two more MLAs, the Congress is worried. In the 33-member Pondicherry Assembly, the ruling party now has 11 MLAs while the opposition has 14. Seven seats are currently vacant. Opposition groups called for Narayanasamy’s resignation as his government was in the minority. Though Chief Minister Narayanasamy has claimed that he has a majority, Deputy Governor-in-Charge Timilsai Soundarajan has directed him to prove the no-confidence motion on Monday, February 22. The Pondicherry Assembly elections will be held in the next few months. Against that backdrop, the political atmosphere has already changed.
Last week, Pondicherry Deputy Governor Kiran Bedi was ordered to be removed with immediate effect by President Ramnath Kovind, while Telangana Governor Timilisai Soundarajan has been given the additional charge. The ongoing feud between Kiran Bedi and Chief Minister Narayanasamy is now having an effect. While serving as the Deputy Governor, Kiran Bedi had a wide-ranging disagreement with Pondicherry Chief Minister Narayanasamy.