There has been a deadlock in Puducherry for the last several days and there is a crisis on the V Narayanasamy government of the Congress-DMK alliance. The new Deputy Governor Tamilisai Saundararajan has given instructions for majority test in the Vidhan Sabha till 5 pm today (22 February). Earlier, Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy received another major setback. Congress MLA K.K. Lakshminarayanan and DMK MLA Venkatesan have resigned.
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An important meeting of the leaders of the party and allies took place at the residence of Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy on Sunday evening before a majority test in the Puducherry Assembly. After this, CM reached the assembly and discussed the strategy of saving the government with Congress MLAs. How will the government save? On being asked, the CM said that he will disclose his strategy in the House itself.
Here, before the majority test on 22 February, another Congress MLA K.K. After the resignation of Laxminarayanan and DMK MLA Venkatesan, the number of MLAs from the Congress-DMK alliance in the 33-member assembly has come down to 11, while the opposition parties have 14 MLAs.
Laxminarayanan and Venkatesan submitted their resignations to Assembly Speaker VP Sivakolundhu on Sunday at his residence. After this, Laxminarayanan told reporters, “Narayanasamy led government has lost 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 has called a session of the Legislative Assembly on February 22, during which the future of the Narayanasamy government will be determined through a trust vote. The opposition alleged that the Narayanasamy government has come in a minority.
Kiran Bedi left for Coimbatore on Sunday, days after she was removed from the post of Lt. Governor of Puducherry, from where she again flew to Delhi. The Raj Niwas workers bid him farewell. Before leaving Raj Niwas, she told the staff that she wished for the prosperity of Puducherry. After former IPS officer Bedi left, Telangana Governor Tamilisai Saundararajan is holding the additional charge of the post of Lt. Governor of Puducherry.
Soundararajan took charge as the Lt. Governor of Puducherry on 18 February, but Bedi remained at the Raj Niwas till Sunday. Bedi sent a message on WhatsApp saying that she is thankful to Saundararajan, who became the Lieutenant Governor after her, that he allowed her to stay at Raj Niwas for a few more days so that she could tie her luggage.
She said that she will go to Isha Foundation in Coimbatore before going to Delhi. Bedi also said that she would come to Puducherry as a tourist to meet her friends and roam the beaches here. Bedi took over as the Lieutenant Governor on 29 May 2016. There were differences between him and Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on various matters.
Party legislators have burnt the rebellion against Narayanaswamy, the face of the Congress in Puducherry, when assembly elections are going to be held 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.