Narayanasamy stakes claim to form govt in Puducherry

RSTV Bureau
V Narayansamy meets Lt Governor of Puducheery Kiran Bedi. Photo-Twitter/thekiranbedi

V Narayansamy meets Lt Governor of Puducheery Kiran Bedi.

Senior Congress leader  and Puducherry’s Chief Minister designate  V.Narayanasamy on Monday met Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi and staked claim to form the Congress-DMK government in the Union Territory.

Narayanasamy and members of Pradesh Congress Committee in Puducherry met Kiran Bedi and handed over a letter showing support of legislative party and an authorisation letter from Congress besides a letter of support from the DMK.

After formal approval from Union Government, the Congress Government under Mr. Narayanasamy will be sworn in. The Congress-DMK alliance won in 17 of the 30 seats in the Union Territory

Congress MLAs on Saturday elected All India Congress Committe e(AICC) general secretary V. Narayanasamy as the Congress Legislature Party leader, who did not contest the May 16 elections.

Narayanasamy and Mr. Namassivayam will meet their party president Sonia Gandi in New Delhi to decide on portfolios for ministers.

V Narayansamy

V Narayansamy

The 69 year old samy served as Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office in the second UPA government after being MoS, Parliamentary Affairs, in UPA-I, did not contest the May 16 assembly polls and will now have to seek election to the legislature in a by poll.

As a lawyer, Narayanasamy practiced for more than 10 years and jumped into active politics in 1985. He was a member of Rajya Sabha for three terms.

Narayanasamy represented as an MP, but did not contest in the polls held on May 16. Samy’s decision reported to have caused fissures in the party.

Congress state chief Namachivayam and former CM V Vaithilingam also tried their best to convince the high command but could not succeed.