Mumbai: Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy met Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Monday and submitted his resignation after failing to prove the majority on the floor of the House.
The senior Congress leader said, “We have submitted our resignation … In the coming elections people will punish the opposition who used three nominated MLAs (Bharatiya Janata Party) to topple our government.”
“We walked out of the House because the Speaker refused to accept our contention that the nominated MLAs (of the BJP) did not have the right to vote,” he said.
Puducherry Assembly Speaker VP Sivakozhundu announced that the Narayanasamy-led Congress government failed to prove its majority on the floor of the House, with the coalition leaders dropping the motion before voting. The Speaker of the House also adjourned the death of the House.
Narayanasamy sought the confidence vote after the assembly’s meeting for the one-day special session. The chief minister accused former lieutenant governor Kiran Bedi of “clashing with the opposition” to topple his government.
“Former LG Kiran Bedi and the centre collided with the opposition and tried to topple the government. It is clear that the people of Puducherry trust us. It is a government elected by the people,” the CM said.
He said, “We formed the government with the support of DMK and Independent MLAs. After that, we faced various elections. We have won all the by-elections. It is clear that the people of Puducherry trust us.”
We demanded full statehood to prevent the entire LG from taking away the rights of the people of Puducherry,” said Narayanasamy, adding that the Center has cheated the people of Puducherry for not giving the requested funds.