Coup in Pondy: Narayanasamy govt on verge of collapse

V Narayanasamy

Puducherry: In an unexpected development, Pudhucherry Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy chaired a meeting with his cabinet Ministers at a private hotel.

The news has surfaced minutes after it was said that the entire Pudhucherry cabinet is all set to resign. The decision is said to have arrived at after four Congress MLAs recently tendered their resignation letters.

A John Kumar resigned from the party today, citing ‘dissatisfaction with the Congress government’ in the Union territory. Kumar submitted his resignation to Speaker VP Sivakozhunthu in the Assembly. This comes just a day after Congress MLA Mallad Krishna Rao quit the party. Kumar, who was an MLA from the Kamaraj Nagar constituency, is the fourth Congress lawmaker to quit the party ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s scheduled visit to Puducherry where the Assembly election is due in April-May this year.

The former Congress chief will kick-start the party’s poll campaign in the Union territory on 17 February. Puducherry will go to the Assembly polls along with neighbouring Tamilnadu, in the next few months.

 

NT Bureau