Puducherry: President Kovind accepts resignation of CM V Narayanasamy, Congress government fell before trust motion
Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan sent the resignation of Union Territory Chief Minister V Narayanasamy to President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday. The President has accepted the resignation of Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and his cabinet. Narayanasamy submitted his resignation to the Lieutenant in the day before the vote of confidence in the Assembly. Official sources said that the Lieutenant Governor had sent the resignation to the President via mail.
The Congress government fell in Puducherry on Monday due to the resignation of Chief Minister Narayanasamy before voting on the motion of confidence. Recently, due to the resignation of several Congress MLAs and a DMK MLA who is supporting from outside, the Union Territory government came in a minority. Narayanasamy met Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Sundararajan and submitted his resignation to the four-member cabinet.
Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy and the resignation of his cabinet have been accepted by the President. In the 30-member assembly, two more legislators resigned on Sunday, reducing the strength of the ruling coalition to 12. In the 2016 elections, Congress won 15 assembly seats. It formed the government with the support of two DMK MLAs and an independent MLA. Congress MLA N. Danvelu was disqualified in July 2020 for his involvement in anti-party activities. Four more MLAs resigned from 13 January to 16 February.
On February 18, Telangana Governor Tamilisai Saundararajan, after assuming the additional charge of Lt. Governor of Puducherry, directed the Chief Minister to prove his majority in the Assembly. The last setback for the ruling Congress-led coalition came a day before the floor test on 21 February, when Congress MLA K.K. Lakshminarayan and DMK MLA Venkatesan also resigned.