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Puducherry CM Narayanasamy Resigns After Failing To Prove Majority; Huge Jolt To Congress

The Congress-led government in Puducherry on Monday lost the confidence vote sought by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy. The CM walked out of the assembly with the ruling MLAs

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The Congress-led government in Puducherry on Monday lost the confidence vote sought by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy. The CM walked out of the assembly with the ruling MLAs
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15:37 IST, February 22nd 2021
Dinesh Gundu Rao on Puducherry

He said, "Today's vote of confidence result is not the actual result but an engineered result. BJP is using unethical means, using central agencies, and doing horsetrading. BJP has no support in Puducherry. They are doing dirty politics. People of Puducherry will teach them a lesson. We will take this battle to the street and will emerge victoriously."

On resigned MLAs, he said, "They are the worst traitors, why they did not resign before? This is a conspiracy. BJP arm twisted and threatened them using agencies. We are energized after Rahul Gandhi's visit, we will take this to the street that how BJP is killing democracy."

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15:37 IST, February 22nd 2021
DMK chief lashes out at BJP

 

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14:41 IST, February 22nd 2021
BJP's Amit Malviya takes dig at Rahul Gandhi post Congress government's collapse in Puducherry

 

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11:55 IST, February 22nd 2021
V Narayanasamy submitted letter of resignation of CM and his Council of Ministers to Lt. Governor

 

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11:55 IST, February 22nd 2021
Narayanamasy govt loses majority in floor test

The Congress-led government in Puducherry on Monday lost the confidence vote sought by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, in the face of its depleted strength of 11 against the opposition's 14 following resignation of ruling dispensation MLAs, including a DMK legislator.

Though Narayanasamy moved the motion seeking the confidence vote minutes after the Assembly met for a special one-day session, he and his ruling side MLAs later walked out before the motion was put for voting.

Subsequently, Speaker VP Sivakolundhu declared that the motion stood defeated, even as it was said Narayanasamy was headed to the Raj Nivas, possibly to meet Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan.

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11:55 IST, February 22nd 2021
Two more Congress MLAs resign

Ahead of the floor test, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy held a meeting with Congress and DMK MLAs to discuss further strategy on Sunday, and upon arriving at the assembly on Monday morning he said that he would reveal his strategy on the floor of the house.

Two more MLAs of the Congress- DMK alliance in Puducherry resigned on Sunday, delivering yet another jolt to CM V Narayanasamy as the ruling side's strength further depleted to 12 against the opposition's 14 in the 26-member assembly (33 at full strength), a day before the trust vote.

Soundararajan had on Thursday ordered the floor test after the opposition, which has 14 MLAs, petitioned her, saying the government has been reduced to a minority and it should prove its strength in the assembly.  The present party position in the assembly: Congress (nine, including Speaker), DMK two, All-India NR Congress seven, AIADMK four, BJP three (all nominated with voting rights) and one independent who has supported the government. There are seven vacancies.