BJP won’t claim Puducherry, lieutenant governor recommends president’s rule: sources

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New Delhi / Pondicherry:

The BJP and its allies will not demand the formation of a government in Pondicherry, sources said today, days after the collapse of the Congressional government in Union territory. Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan recommended the president’s reign, sources said.

Ms Soundararajan sent her recommendation letter which will be approved at the cabinet meeting today, sources told The Bharat Express News.

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V Narayanasamy’s government collapsed on Monday, just three months before the assembly elections, after the Congress-DMK coalition failed to achieve a majority of 14 in the 26-member assembly after six resignations. Five members of Congress and a deputy from the DMK had resigned. Two of the MPs who left Congress have moved on to BJP and more are expected to follow.

Mr Narayanasamy resigned after losing a vote of confidence in the Assembly last Thursday. He accused the NR Congress – the largest opposition party, and the BJP, of bringing down its government by planning defections.

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Shortly after Congress lost power, Congressman NR denied it in an exclusive interview with The Bharat Express News. He also said he would consult with his allies – including the BJP – and respond to a call on forming a government that will only last until elections slated for May.

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President Ram Nath Kovind accepted the resignation of Mr Narayanasamy and his cabinet on Tuesday.

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