Puducherry floor test LIVE updates: Will V Narayanasamy govt fall in Puducherry?

Puducherry floor test news LIVE updates: The Congress has nine MLAs, including the Speaker, and DMK two while the government also enjoys the support of one Independent MLA. The Opposition alliance has seven MLAs of All India NR Congress and four of AIADMK, apart from three nominated MLAs from BJP.

Puducherry floor test LIVE updates: The Congress-led government of the Union Territory of Puducherry will undergo a floor test ordered by Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan to prove its majority in the Legislative Assembly on Monday after the Opposition claimed that the ruling government is in minority.

On Sunday, two more Congress MLAs submitting their resignations, pulling down the ruling coalition’s numbers down to 12 in the 33-member House which has a current strength of 26. Senior officials told The Indian Express that the government could also resign on its own or be subject to a recommendation from the Lieutenant Governor’s Office for the Centre to dissolve it.

Currently, though, the numbers are heavily stacked against the government. The Congress has nine MLAs, including the Speaker, and DMK two while the government also enjoys the support of one Independent MLA. The Opposition alliance has seven MLAs of All India NR Congress and four of AIADMK, apart from three nominated MLAs from BJP. With just three months left for Assembly polls, there are also reports of the Congress “holding talks” with some AIADMK MLAs to save the government.

Puducherry floor test today LIVE updates: Will V Narayanasamy govt fall in Puducherry ahead of elections? Follow the latest news and developments from Puducherry Assembly below

Puducherry CM V.Narayanasamy arrives at the assembly

“We are going for the floor test today. Till now, we have the majority,” RKR Anantharaman Chief Whip said (ANI)

“I am supporting the existing government. I don’t want to change my opinion. I think the existing minister will not have majority support in the assembly,” V Ramachandran, Independent MLA (MAHE constituency) at Puducherry Assembly said, news agency ANI reported

Puducherry CM V.Narayanasamy leaves for the Legislative Assembly from his residence

The spate of resignations have pulled down the ruling coalition’s numbers down to 12 in the 33-member House which has a current strength of 26.

Currently, the numbers are heavily stacked against the government. The Congress has nine MLAs, including the Speaker, and DMK two while the government also enjoys the support of one Independent MLA. The Opposition alliance has seven MLAs of All India NR Congress and four of AIADMK, apart from three nominated MLAs from BJP.

Good Morning! Welcome to The Indian Express live blog on Puducherry floor test. The Congress-led government of the Union Territory of Puducherry will undergo a floor test ordered by Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan to prove its majority in the Legislative Assembly on Monday after the Opposition claimed that the ruling government is in minority.

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy (File)

Apart from one Congress MLA who was disqualified for anti-party activities last July, a total of five Congress MLAs have now resigned from the House in the last one month, including two senior Cabinet ministers. Three of them have already joined BJP.

Following a demand from the Opposition led by All India NR Congress founder N Rangasamy, the floor test was ordered Thursday by Tamilisai Soundararajan, the Telangana Governor, immediately after she was handed additional charge of Puducherry. Soundararajan was sworn in after the former Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi was removed from the post.

“Voting shall take place by show of hands. The entire proceedings of the Assembly shall be videographed. The floor test shall be conducted by 5 pm on February 22, and the proceedings shall not be adjourned or delayed or suspended at any cost,” said a statement from Soundararajan.

With Sunday’s resignations of the Congress’s K Lakshmi-narayanan and ruling ally DMK’s K Venkatesan, a Congress leader told The Indian Express: “Even if the Speaker invokes his right to vote, there is no chance of getting majority strength.”

 

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