Two more MLAs – one from the Congress and the other from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) – has resigned from the Puducherry Assembly on Sunday, a day before the V Narayanasamy-led government’s floor test, as reported by PTI.
Raj Bhavan constituency-elected K Lakshminarayanan handed over his resignation letter to Puducherry Assembly Speaker VP Sivakolundhu at his residence. He told the media that Narayanasamy’s government had lost its majority. Hours later, DMK MLA K Venkatesan also tendered his resignation.
Lakshminarayanan complained on not being made a minister despite his seniority, as reported by NDTV. “I took this decision because the party didn’t give me due recognition in the government and in the organisation,” he told ANI.
He further added that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the regional NR Congress had approached him. “I will make the next move after consulting my supporters,” he was quoted as saying by NDTV.
With the two resignations, the strength of the MLAs supporting the Puducherry government in the Assembly has reduced to 12 including the Speaker. The Opposition, on the other hand, has 14 MLAs. In the 33-member House, five seats are vacant.
Following the resignation of four of its MLAs, the Narayanasamy-led government was reduced to a minority. Congress legislator A John Kumar became the latest one to resign on Tuesday, following Malladi Krishna Rao who quit on Monday. Two others, A Namassivayam and E Theeppainjan, had resigned in January.