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Puducherry CM resigns, blames BJP for toppling government

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With the Congress government in Puducherry losing its majority, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy resigned on Monday accusing the BJP and NR Congress of toppling his government.  The CM also accused former Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi of colluding with the opposition.

Notably, two MLAs exited the Congress on Sunday that resulted in the government losing the majority mark of 14. Due to the exit, the number of MLAs supporting the government dropped to 12. A number of Congress MLAs had quit the government in the past few days after which the CM was asked to prove its majority.

With just three months left for the elections, the Lieutenant Governor may impose President’s rule in Puducherry or ask the NR Congress-led alliance to form the government. The NR Congress-led alliance has 14 MLAs—the magic figure required to form the government.

Crisis in Puducherry government

The Congress’ crisis was precipitated by four resignations, two in January and two last week. Both the leaders who quit in January have joined the BJP and the rest are tipped to do the same.

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The chief minister insisted that the last two resignations had not been accepted and the MLAs would come around. But two more exits left him struggling even more.

Benefit for BJP

The Congress collapse is seen to benefit the BJP ahead of elections due by May in Puducherry, along with Tamil Nadu and three more states. The Congress has lost its only government in the south. If the NR Congress is invited to form a government, the BJP is likely to be part of a ruling coalition and its three MLAs—all nominated members—could become ministers.

Recently, former IPS Kiran Bedi was shunted out from the post of lieutenant governor in Puducherry and Tamilisai Soundararajan was posted in her place. The new lieutenant governor on Thursday asked the CM to face a trust vote.

 

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