Congress government falls in Puducherry, CM Narayanasamy resigns

Congress has lost the majority in Puducherry and the government has fallen. Two more MLAs of the Congress-DMK alliance in Puducherry resigned on Sunday, a major setback for Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy before proving majority in the assembly.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Feb 22, 2021 12:29 IST
Congress government falls in Puducherry, CM Narayanasamy resigns
Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy

Big news from Puducherry, The Congress government has fallen in Puducherry. After the speech of Puducherry CM Narayanasamy, the speaker said in the House that the current government had lost the majority. After which Narayanasamy submitted the resignation to the in-charge LG Tamilisai Sundararajan. After which he submitted the resignation to the in-charge LG Tamilisai Soundararajan.

On leaving the Governor's House, Narayanaswamy told the media that the speaker turned down our demand (3 BJP nominated MLAs not to vote), due to which we boycotted the proceedings of the House and I have resigned with my cabinet.

Earlier speaking before the trust vote in the assembly, Narayanasamy 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 the people of Puducherry trust us.

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Attacking the BJP, he said that former LG Kiran Bedi and the central government, along with the opposition, tried to topple the government. Our MLAs remained organized, due to which we lasted five years. The central government has cheated the people of Puducherry, they did not give us the money we requested.

"In Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, we follow a two-language system but the BJP is forcibly trying to implement Hindi. He attacked the MLAs who resigned and said that the MLAs should remain loyal to the party. The MLAs who resign will not be able to face the people as people will call them opportunists"  added Narayanasamy.

Two more legislators of the Congress-DMK alliance in Puducherry resigned on Sunday, a major setback for Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy before proving majority in the assembly.

Following the resignation of Congress MLA K. Lakshminarayanan and DMK MLA Venkatesan, the Congress-DMK alliance has reduced the number of MLAs to 11 in the 33-member assembly, while the opposition parties have 14 MLAs. Lakshminarayanan and Venkatesan, Speaker V.P. Submitted his resignation to Sivakolundhu at his residence.

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Laxminarayanan then 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.

"I was not able to meet the needs of my people in my constituency, as the funds have not been allocated under the MLA Local Area Development Fund," he said. Four Congress MLAs, including former ministers A Namasivayam (now in BJP) and Malladi Krishna Rao, had earlier resigned, while another party MLA was disqualified. Narayanasamy's close A. John Kumar also resigned this week.