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Congress Government In Puducherry Slips Into Minority Ahead Of Polls

Congress is left with 11 MLAs, leaving the V Narayanasamy authorities wanting a majority

New Delhi:

Months earlier than an election, the Congress authorities has misplaced its skinny majority in Puducherry with 4 MLAs resigning, two previously two days.

Of the 30 elected MLAs within the meeting, Congress had 15 members and, together with the DMK’s three and one impartial, was simply previous the bulk mark.

After the resignations, the federal government and the opposition each are at 14. The Congress has 10 members, leaving the V Narayanasamy authorities one wanting the bulk mark, which is now 15 with the meeting power dropping to twenty-eight.

The exits come simply earlier than Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s go to to Puducherry tomorrow to prep election technique, his first because the occasion took energy within the Union Territory.

The MLAs resigned over the previous couple of weeks. Two of them —  A Namassivayam and E.Theeppainjan — resigned on January 25. Each have joined the BJP. On Monday, Malladi Krishna Rao give up and at present, John Kumar resigned as MLA. N.Dhanavelou was disqualified for alleged anti-party actions final yr.

Malladi Krishna Rao’s transfer was stunning as he had final week accompanied the Chief Minister when he went to Delhi to request the removing of Kiran Bedi as Lieutenant Governor.

Mr Namassivayam’s change to the BJP can also be an enormous setback for the Congress; the previous Congress Puducherry chief performed an enormous function in consolidating the occasion’s base in Puducherry. Together with him, a number of extra Congress functionaries walked out.

Mr Namassivayam’s previous couple of years within the Congress had been marked by disappointment.

Throughout the 2016 state election marketing campaign, he had been broadly tipped to be Chief Minister however the put up went to Mr Narayanasamy, an outdoor who did not even contest the polls. His resentment grew when the put up of Puducherry Congress chief went to AV Subramanian.

The BJP, which has by no means had a lot of a presence in Puducherry, stated the Congress imports would bolster the occasion significantly within the polls. The ruling occasion has been attempting to enhance its footprint within the south by bringing in sturdy leaders from rival events.

Elections are due by Might in Puducherry and neighbouring Tamil Nadu, moreover Kerala, West Bengal and Assam. The BJP has not a lot hopes from Tamil Nadu and Kerala however reckons a greater likelihood in Puducherry now, with the Congress significantly weakened and at odds with the DMK right here; the Congress and DMK are allies in Tamil Nadu however are prone to contest individually in Puducherry.

The Congress had received 15 meeting seats within the 2016 polls, together with that of the Speaker. It took energy with the help of the DMK and an Impartial.

The opposition AIADMK has 4 MLAs, the AINRC has seven and there are three nominated members of the BJP.

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