Congress fails to prove majority in Puducherry; CM Narayanasamy resigns

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Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy along with his cabinet colleagues called on lieutenant governor Tamilisai Soundararajan and submitted his resignation. The Congress government in Puducherry failed to prove its majority in the assembly on Monday as V P Sivakozhundhu declared that the government has adjourned the House sine die.

During an interview with reporters, the CM said he had submitted his and his colleagues’ (Congress and DMK MLAs) resignation letters including one of an independent MLA to the lieutenant governor.

“We have submitted resignation letters to lieutenant governor (additional charge) requesting her to accept our resignations. Along with me, my cabinet colleagues, Congress and DMK MLAs and an independent MLA have tendered resignation,” said Narayanasamy.

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While addressing the assembly before the vote of confidence, Narayanasamy lashed out at the BJP-led Centre, former governor Kiran Bedi and opposition parties for their repeated attempts to remove the Congress government from power.

“The BJP-led Centre had dethroned elected governments in several states. But their plot did not work in Rajasthan. They have been trying to topple the elected government in Puducherry,” he said.

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The legislative assembly of the Union territory was scheduled at 10 am to let Narayanasamy prove the majority of the government in the House following directions from Tamilisai. Tamilisai’s direction came after the opposition parties had submitted a memorandum to her stating that the Congress government had lost its majority in the House after a mass exodus of Congress MLAs.

AIADMK leader A Anbalagan said the Puducherry unit would consult the party leadership to decide on the future course of action. Meanwhile, BJP president V Saminathan accused Congress of failing to get statehood status for the Union territory in the last 50 years.

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