Puducherry CM Narayanasamy Resigns

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Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and his cabinet colleagues besides ruling side MLAs in the union territory resigned on Monday after the government lost the confidence vote sought by him in the face of its depleted strength of 11 against Opposition’s 14 in the House.

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.

Earlier in the day, V Narayanasamy said that former Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi and Central Government colluded with the Opposition in a bid to topple his government in the Union territory.

“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 years. The Centre has betrayed the people of Puducherry by not granting funds we requested,” said Puducherry in the 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,” he added.

Further slamming the Centre, he said, “We demanded full Statehood to stop the nominated LG from snatching the rights of the people of Puducherry.”

“Even after the parliamentary committee suggesting the Central Government to give full Statehood, Central Government refused it. Central Government didn’t do anything to grant us full Statehood,” CM said.

He also claimed that the Central Government has betrayed the people of Puducherry by not granting the finds we requested.

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