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As CM Narayanasamy Fails To Prove Majority, Congress Government In Puducherry Collapses

The governor is likely to either ask the NR Congress to form the government with only three months to polls, or call for President’s rule.

After seeking vote of confidence today, the Congress government in Puducherry failed to prove majority in the assembly after another MLA resigned ahead of the floor test. While 14 is the majority mark, CM V Narayanasamy had the support of only 12 MLAs. As the Chief Minister started the Trust Vote debate, he had claimed that he still had a majority. However, Mr Narayanasamy resigned after he failed to prove the mandate his government enjoyed in the beginning.

Accusing former Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi of “colluding with the opposition” to try and topple his government though his MLAs stayed united, Mr Narayanasamy said Bedi was scuttling every move of his government and denying central benefits.

The Chief Minister accused the BJP of trying to topple his government adopting the “Operation Kamala” – the term coined by the BJP’s critics for what they call the plan of destabilizing governments by engineering defections in the ruling parties.

On Thursday, Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan called the Chief Minister and ordered him to take a floor test on Monday citing the opposition’s stand that his government no longer has a majority.

However, after two more resignations on Sunday, the Congress government’s strength in the Puducherry legislative assembly fell to 12. The rival NR Congress-led alliance has 14 MLAs.

After these political developments in the southern state, the governor is likely to either ask the NR Congress to form the government with only three months to polls, or call for President’s rule.

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