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Puducherry Congress-DMK govt falls; Narayanasamy, ruling MLAs quit
Narayanasamy gave a defiant speech noting the three nominated BJP MLAs did not have voting rights.
In dramatic developments after Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy moved a confidence motion in favour of his government on Monday morning, the speaker of the Puducherry Assembly announced the motion had been defeated, meaning the Congress-DMK government had fallen.
Narayanasamy gave a defiant speech noting the three nominated BJP MLAs did not have voting rights. Narayanasamy and his MLAs walked out after this.
After staging a walkout from the Assembly before the motion seeking confidence vote was put up for voting in the House, Narayanasamy proceeded to the Raj Nivas and submitted his resignation to Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan.
"Myself, ministers, Congress and DMK MLAs and independent legislator have tendered resignation and sought it be accepted," he told reporters but did not answer queries on the next course of action.
The speaker adjourned the session sine die after declaring the motion brought by Narayanasamy had been defeated.
The Narayanasamy government had fallen into a minority after two more Congress MLAs resigned on Sunday, taking the Congress-DMK coalition’s numbers below that of the opposition.