The congress-ruled government: Three more Congress MLAs are set to resign from the Assembly in Puducherry, a key BJP leader claimed even as he asserted that the beleaguered V Narayanasamy government would lose the trust vote. Two of the four Congress MLAs who quit the House, A Namassivayam and E Theeppainthan have already joined the BJP.
BJP in-charge of the Union Territory, Nirmal Kumar Surana said the other two Congress MLAs, Malladi Krishna Rao and A John Kumar would join the J P Nadda-led party. “The two will be joining the BJP. They are speaking with our leadership,” Surana, also Vice-President of Karnataka unit of the BJP, said.
“Certainly, 100 per cent”, he said when asked if the Congress government would lose the vote of confidence in the House. “That’s the only option, I feel”, Surana responded to a question on whether the imposition of President’s Rule is a possibility in the poll-bound Puducherry.
The newly appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry, Tamilisai Soundararajan directed the Assembly Secretariat to convene the House on February 22 for the Trust vote. Surana declined to name the three Congress MLAs he claimed would quit the Assembly.
“I cannot talk now. They are unhappy with Narayanasamy and they want to resign. Hundred per cent they are going to resign”, he said. On whether the BJP is open to taking these three MLAs into its fold, Surana said whoever accepts BJP’s ideology and whoever wants to join for the development of Puducherry, his party is ready to take them.
The Congress-ruling MLAs met in Puducherry the Chief Minister was asked to prove his majority in the assembly on February 22. They did not take any decision on the future course of action and resolved to meet again a day ahead of the trust vote.
In the 33-member assembly with an effective strength of 28, the Congress has ten members, including the Speaker, while its alliance partner DMK has three and lone independent from the Mahe region also supports it. The opposition parties also have 14 members, including the three nominated (BJP), and have said that the ruling dispensation no longer has a majority.