Puducherry Congress MLA John Kumar resigns

On Monday, Puducherry Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao resigned as a member of the territorial Assembly.

Troubles are on the head for the Congress party in Puducherry ahead of the Assembly elections in the Union territory as another party MLA tendered his resignation, leaving the V Narayanasamy-led government short of a majority.

Congress MLA A John Kumar on Tuesday, resigned from the party citing “dissatisfaction with the Congress government” in the Union territory. John, who was the MLA of Kamaraj Nagar constituency, has become the fourth Congress lawmaker to quit the party ahead of Rahul's visit to poll-bound Puducherry.

After his resignation, the strength of the ruling Congress in the Union territory has gone down to 10 in the House of 30 MLAs. Earlier, during the last polls, Congress had bagged 14 Assembly seats in the state. The party has the support of two DMK MLAs and an Independent.

Earlier on Monday, Puducherry Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao, who had earlier quit the state cabinet, resigned as a member of the territorial Assembly. Last month, state's PWD minister A Namassivayam resigned from the state cabinet and also from the Assembly after the ruling Congress suspended him from primary membership for "anti-party activities". Congress legislator E Theepainthan also quit from the Assembly.

With the four MLAs adding to the growing number of resignations, the Puducherry government is headed towards a big crisis.

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