11:33 February 22
Congress govt loses floor test in Puducherry, CM Narayanasamy to resign
Puducherry: The Congress government in Puducherry lost the floor test during the one-day special session of the Puducherry Assembly on Monday. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy has tendered resignation from his post. CM Narayanasamy and other ruling MLAs left the Assembly before confidence vote was taken up. Motion stands defeated, said Speaker VP Sivakolundhu.
The Congress's majority depleted to 11 against the Opposition's 14 following the resignation of ruling dispensation MLAs, including a DMK legislator.
Reports said ahead of the floor test 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 Narayanaswamy 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."
With inputs from ANI