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Puducherry political crisis: Narayanasamy resigns as CM after Congress govt loses majority

In a huge setback for the Congress party in Puducherry, Speaker VP Sivakozhundu Monday announced that V Narayansamy government has lost its majority in the Union Territory.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, New Delhi |
Updated: February 22, 2021 2:35:57 pm
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In a huge setback for the Congress party ahead of the polls in Puducherry, the V Narayanasamy government lost its majority in the Union Territory. After walking out of the Assembly, Narayanasamy tendered his resignation to Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan.

In the Assembly today, Narayanasamy accused the opposition of trying to topple the government. “Former LG Kiran Bedi and Central Government colluded with the Opposition and tried to topple the government. It is clear that the people of Puducherry trust us. This is a government elected by the people,” he said. Though Narayanasamy moved the motion seeking the confidence vote minutes after the Assembly met for a special one-day session, he and his ruling side MLAs later walked out before the motion was put for voting.

After a series of resignation, the Congress-DMK have 12 MLAs (including an Independent who is supporting the government) in the House whose effective strength is now 26, while the opposition alliance has 14 MLAs. With just three months left for Assembly polls, there are also reports of the Congress “holding talks” with some AIADMK MLAs to save the government.

Following a demand from the Opposition led by All India NR Congress founder N Rangasamy, the floor test was ordered Thursday by Tamilisai Soundararajan, the Telangana Governor, immediately after she was handed additional charge of Puducherry. Soundararajan was sworn in after the former Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi was removed from the post.

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Congress government loses majority; V Narayanasamy quits as the chief minister. Follow highlights from Puducherry Assembly below

13:38 (IST)22 Feb 2021
Narayanasamy meets Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan

V.Narayanasamy submitted the letter of the resignation of the chief minister and his Council of Ministers to Lt. Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan

13:32 (IST)22 Feb 2021
'Murder of democracy:' V Narayanasamy after resignation

"The Speaker's ruling is incorrect. BJP govt at the Centre, NR Congress & AIADMK have succeeded in dislodging our govt by using voting power used by 3 nominated members. This is murder of democracy. The people of Puducherry and this country will teach them a lesson," V Narayanasamy said. (ANI)

12:50 (IST)22 Feb 2021
Narayanasamy cabinet tenders resignation

After staging a walkout from the Assembly before the motion seeking confidence vote was put up for voting in the House, Narayanasamy proceeded to the Raj Nivas and submitted his resignation to Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan. "Myself, ministers, Congress and DMK MLAs and independent legislator have tendered resignation and sought it be accepted," he told reporters but did not answer queries on the next course of action.

12:10 (IST)22 Feb 2021
Narayanasamy tenders resignation

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy meets Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, tenders resignation

12:03 (IST)22 Feb 2021
CM Narayansamy likely to meet Guv shortly

The Congress-led government in Puducherry on Monday lost the confidence vote sought by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, in the face of its depleted strength of 11 against the opposition's 14 following resignation of ruling dispensation MLAs, including a DMK legislator.

Though Narayanasamy moved the motion seeking the confidence vote minutes after the Assembly met for a special one-day session, he and his ruling side MLAs later walked out before the motion was put for voting.

Subsequently, Speaker VP Sivakolundhu declared that the motion stood defeated, even as it was said Narayanasamy was headed to the Raj Nivas, possibly to meet Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan.

11:44 (IST)22 Feb 2021
Puducherry govt loses majority

In a huge setback for the Congress party ahead of the polls in Puducherry, Speaker VP Sivakozhundu Monday announced that V Narayansamy government has lost its majority in the Union Territory. As per sources, Narayanasamy will tender his resignation in a while. 

11:21 (IST)22 Feb 2021
Ahead of floor test, Narayansamy, ruling MLAs walk out of Assembly

Following his scathing speech and heated arguments over the voting rights of three nominated MLAs supports BJP, CM Narayansamy and ruling MLAs walked out of the house

11:19 (IST)22 Feb 2021
What is happening in Puducherry now is political prostitution: CM Narayanasamy

"What is happening in Puducherry now is political prostitution. But the truth will prevail," says CM V Narayanasamy in his speech ahead of the floor test accusing BJP of derailing India's democratic system.

11:10 (IST)22 Feb 2021
MLAs who have resigned will be called opportunists: Narayanasamy

"MLAs should stay loyal to the party. MLAs who have resigned will not be able to face the people as people will call them opportunists," the CM said

10:52 (IST)22 Feb 2021
BJP forcibly trying to implement Hindi in Puducherry: Narayanasamy

"In Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, we follow the two language system but BJP is trying forcibly to implement Hindi," the CM adds

10:42 (IST)22 Feb 2021
Puducherry LIVE updates: Narayansamy accuses Opposition of trying to topple Congress government

"Former LG Kiran Bedi and Central Government colluded with the Opposition and tried to topple the government. As our MLAs stayed united we managed to pull off the last 5 yrs. The Centre has betrayed the people of Puducherry by not granting funds we requested," CM Narayansamy added

10:37 (IST)22 Feb 2021
People of Puducherry trust us: Narayanasamy in Assembly

"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 people of Puducherry trust us," Narayanasamy added.

10:36 (IST)22 Feb 2021
Congress government has the majority: Narayanasamy ahead of Puducherry floor test

Ahead of the Assembly Session, CM Narayasamy emphasised that the Congress government has the majority in the state. Stating that the Opposition who is unable to win in the elections is trying to destabilize the govt, the CM said, "They (public) trust us, this is a government elected by the people of Puducherry."

10:31 (IST)22 Feb 2021
Puducherry floor test: A test for government in the House, sans adventures

Politically, the crisis in Puducherry is the outcome of a battle between two national parties that has extended from Delhi to the small Union Territory in the south.

Even as the writing on the wall became increasingly clear during the week, the Chief Minister has refused to resign, indicating that he wanted to push the BJP to take action to sack him — which could potentially give him the chance to play victim in the elections that are now barely two months away.

It remains to be seen if he changes that strategy in the few hours that remain before the vote in the House.

10:13 (IST)22 Feb 2021
Explained: The vote in Puducherry

As Chief Minister V Narayanasamy faces a confidence motion in the House today, contributing to his likely defeat will be the votes of three nominated MLAs who owe allegiance to the BJP. How did Puducherry come to have nominated members in its Assembly? What has the Supreme Court said in this matter earlier? Read our explainer

10:03 (IST)22 Feb 2021
Puducherry floor test: CM V.Narayanasamy arrives at the assembly

Puducherry CM V.Narayanasamy arrives at the assembly

09:52 (IST)22 Feb 2021
We have the majority: RKR Anantharaman Chief Whip on Puducherry floor test

"We are going for the floor test today. Till now, we have the majority," RKR Anantharaman Chief Whip said (ANI)

09:50 (IST)22 Feb 2021
Puducherry floor test: Independent MLA V Ramachandran continues to support Narayanasamy govt

"I am supporting the existing government. I don't want to change my opinion. I think the existing minister will not have majority support in the assembly," V Ramachandran, Independent MLA (MAHE constituency) at Puducherry Assembly said, news agency ANI reported

09:45 (IST)22 Feb 2021
Puducherry CM leaves for the Legislative Assembly from his residence

Puducherry CM V.Narayanasamy leaves for the Legislative Assembly from his residence

09:35 (IST)22 Feb 2021
Puducherry floor test: How are the numbers stacked

The spate of resignations have pulled down the ruling coalition’s numbers down to 12 in the 33-member House which has a current strength of 26.

Currently, the numbers are heavily stacked against the government. The Congress has nine MLAs, including the Speaker, and DMK two while the government also enjoys the support of one Independent MLA. The Opposition alliance has seven MLAs of All India NR Congress and four of AIADMK, apart from three nominated MLAs from BJP.

Pududcherry congress led SDA protest, Kiran Bedi Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy (File)

Apart from one Congress MLA who was disqualified for anti-party activities last July, a total of five Congress MLAs have now resigned from the House in the last one month, including two senior Cabinet ministers. Three of them have already joined BJP.

Following a demand from the Opposition led by All India NR Congress founder N Rangasamy, the floor test was ordered Thursday by Tamilisai Soundararajan, the Telangana Governor, immediately after she was handed additional charge of Puducherry. Soundararajan was sworn in after the former Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi was removed from the post.

“Voting shall take place by show of hands. The entire proceedings of the Assembly shall be videographed. The floor test shall be conducted by 5 pm on February 22, and the proceedings shall not be adjourned or delayed or suspended at any cost,” said a statement from Soundararajan.

With Sunday’s resignations of the Congress’s K Lakshmi-narayanan and ruling ally DMK’s K Venkatesan, a Congress leader told The Indian Express: “Even if the Speaker invokes his right to vote, there is no chance of getting majority strength.”

 

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