In a massive setback for the Congress, Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy has submitted his resignation on Monday, to the Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan after losing the majority in the Assembly. The Narayanaswamy-led Congress government failed to clear the floor test held in Puducherry Assembly today.
Assembly Speaker VP Sivakolundhu announced that the Chief Minister has failed to prove his majority and adjourned the house sine die. Shortly before the result of the floor test, Narayanasamy had alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was forcibly trying to implement Hindi in the UT, which follows the two-language system.
He also said that the former Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi and Central Government colluded with the Opposition in a bid to topple his government in Puducherry. "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 Narayanasamy 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."
He also claimed that the Central Government has betrayed the people of Puducherry by not granting the requested funds. Meanwhile, the BJP has said that it will not stake a claim to form the government in Puducherry.
"We will not try and form a government at this stage. With the people’s blessings in the forthcoming elections and [Prime Minister Narendra] Modiji’s leadership, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will form a government with BJP and its alliance partners All India NR Congress and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in May and build a new bright future for the people of Puducherry," said BJP state unit president V Saminathan, as reported by Hindustan Times.