‘It is through ‘conspiracy’ that my Govt was toppled’

Puducherry, Feb 24 (PTI):
Former Chief Minister of Puducherry V Narayanasamy on Wednesday cautioned the voters against supporting the alliance comprising BJP, AINRC and AIADMK in the coming assembly polls here as these parties would have no qualms to merge the Union Territory with Tamil Nadu.
Addressing party workers during a demonstration here to condemn the ‘toppling’ of the Congress led government in Puducherry, Narayanasamy said, “my government was toppled through undemocratic and scrupulous designs and conspiracy hatched by the BJP in coordination with the AINRC and AIADMK.”
He launched an emotional tirade against the BJP and its allies for “committing murder of democracy” by adopting “unprincipled practices to lure turncoats” to topple the democratically elected government here.
“Even before my government was formed in June 2016 the Centre had posted the former IPS officer Kiran Bedi as Lt Governor of Puducherry in May that year.
This was a clear proof of the plan of the NDA to rock the boat and disturb democratically elected government.”
Narayanasamy, who led the Congress government, resigned on Monday ahead of the confidence vote after his ministry was reduced to a minority following a spate of resignations of his party MLAs and a DMK legislator in recent days.
He called on Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, who had earlier directed a floor test to prove his majority, and submitted the resignation of his four-member cabinet.
President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the resignation.
“If by any chance the alliance comprising BJP and its allies comes to power, the separate identity of Puducherry as a union territory would be dismantled and its merger with neighbouring Tamil Nadu would happen,” he alleged.

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