Congress govt in Puducherry loses confidence vote

Puducherry, February 22  

The Congress government in Puducherry lost the confidence vote on Monday.

As a result, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy will resign.

Earlier, the one-day special session of the Puducherry Assembly got under way here on Monday morning.

Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan had summoned the Assembly, directing Chief Minister V Narayanasamy to prove his majority in a floor test after the opposition said the government had been reduced to a minority following a spate of resignations of the ruling party MLAs.

Narayanasamy sought a confidence vote for his government, as the Assembly met for a special session for a floor test of his five-year-old government.

Apparently referring to former Lt Governor Kiran Bedi constantly being at loggerheads with him on administrative matters, the CM said he had, however, delivered for the union territory, including effectively handling the Covid-19 pandemic.

He lashed out at Bedi, saying she had “conspired” against the government on matters including revenue generation.

“Those rejected by people conspired to topple our government but we stayed firm due to our resilience,” he said.

With two more MLAs, one each from the Congress and the DMK, resigning on Sunday, the strength of the ruling side further slipped to 11 in the 33-member House that has seven vacancies.

The opposition has 14 legislators. PTI 

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