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Another Jolt To Congress: Ahead of Floor Test, One More Puducherry MLA Resigns

Assembly elections are due in Puducherry in April-May. However, before that on 22 February, the Congress government will have to prove its majority on the floor test.

 

Before the upcoming assembly elections in Puducherry, Congress has been getting one shocks after another. After the recent resignation of several party MLAs, another MLA resigned on Sunday. Congress MLA K Lakshminarayanan submitted the resignation letter to Puducherry Assembly Speaker VP Shivakozhundu. The Congress government of Puducherry has to appear for floor test in the assembly by 5 pm on 22 February.

After the resignation of Laxminarayanan, the number of Congress alliance has come down to 13 in Puducherry. Four-time Congress MLA Laxminarayanan has written in the resignation letter that he is angry at not getting recognition in the party. He also said that he will also leave the party.

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Earlier, a senior BJP leader claimed on Friday that 3 more Congress MLAs were going to resign from the assembly. He insisted that Narayanasamy’s government would not be able to prove a majority in the assembly.

Assembly elections are due in Puducherry in April-May. However, before that on 22 February, the Congress government will have to prove its majority on the floor test. In the last month, six Congress MLAs have left the party. In this way, the state government has come in a minority. In the month of January, two MLAs – Namasivayam who held the Ministry of Public Work and E. Thipaidan resigned and went to Delhi to join BJP. Another Congress MLA N Dhanavelu was expelled from the party in July last year for his alleged involvement in anti-party activities.

There are a total of 30 assembly seats in Puducherry. Congress won 15 seats in the 2016 assembly elections. The state Congress government has the support of three DMK and one Independent MLA. Former Chief Minister N Rangasamy’s All India NR Congress has seven seats, while AIADMK won four seats. The BJP has three MLAs.

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