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Puducherry ex-CM blames BJP and allies for fall of govt

Source: PTI
February 24, 2021 15:16 IST
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Former chief minister of Puducherry V Narayanasamy on Wednesday cautioned the voters against supporting the alliance comprising the Bharatiya Janata Party, All India NR Congress and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in the coming assembly polls as these parties would have no qualms to merge the Union territory with Tamil Nadu.

 

IMAGE: V Narayanasamy speaks during the special assembly session in Puducherry, February 22, 2021. He resigned as chief minister soon after, ahead of the floor test. Photograph: PTI photo.

Addressing party workers during a demonstration in Puducherry to condemn the 'toppling' of the Congress led government in the UT, Narayanasamy said, "My government was toppled through undemocratic and scrupulous designs and conspiracy hatched by the BJP in coordination with the AINRC and AIADMK."

 

He launched an emotional tirade against the BJP and its allies for "committing murder of democracy" by adopting "unprincipled practices to lure turncoats" to topple the democratically elected government.

"Even before my government was formed in June 2016 the Centre had posted former IPS officer Kiran Bedi as Lt Governor of Puducherry in May that year. This was a clear proof of the plan of the National Democratic Alliance to rock the boat and disturb the democratically elected government."

Narayanasamy, who led the Congress government, resigned on February 22 ahead of the confidence vote after his ministry was reduced to a minority following a spate of resignations of his party MLAs and a DMK legislator.

He called on Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, who had earlier directed a floor test to prove his majority, and submitted the resignation of his four-member cabinet.

President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the resignation.

The Congress leader claimed that the BJP-led alliance would bite the dust in the forthcoming polls and all the contestants of the saffron party and its alliance partners would lose their deposit.

"If by any chance the alliance comprising the BJP and its allies comes to power, the separate identity of Puducherry as a Union territory would be dismantled and its merger with neighbouring Tamil Nadu would happen," he alleged.

Asserting that the SDA headed by Congress would get elected in the ensuing polls, Narayanasamy said, "We will form the next government to serve the people."

VCK leader Tirumavalan in his address said the BJP-led government at the Centre had shown its political machinations by dislodging the Congress-led governments in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Karnataka and a few other states.

"On the same lines the Narayanasamy-led Congress-DMK coalition ministry was ousted in Puducherry. The toppling of the government elected by the people of Puducherry was a shameless act on the part of the BJP," he said.

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