Delay in choosing CM is insult to people of Puducherry, says AIADMK
A week has passed since the Congress won the elections in Puducherry, but the party is yet to name a candidate for Chief Minister. The delay is causing much consternation in the Union Territory, with AIADMK MLA A Anbalagan contemplating a request to the newly-appointed Lt Governor Kiran Bedi to take action against the majority party if a decision is not made soon.
Talking to The News Minute, he said, “If no decision is taken in two to three days, I will be taking permission from Amma (Jayalalithaa) and will request the (Lt) Governor to take action against the Congress party.”
According to reports, the delay in deciding the CM-nominee is because the AICC general secretary Narayanasamy has expressed an interest in becoming the Chief Minister, which has left the party divided on the decision. Media reports claim that he has support from only five of the 15 Congress MLAs.
“Narayanasamy did not even stand for the elections. People have not chosen him as their leader. He is trying to get the Chief Minister’s post with only the support of the people in Delhi (Congress headquarters),” said Anbalagan.
Puducherry Congress chief A Namachivayam and former CM V Vaithilingam are also reportedly in the race for the Chief Minister’s post. Vaithalingam has had two prior tenures as the Chief Minister, while Namachivayam belongs to the Vanniyar caste which is a dominant caste in Puducherry and consists of 30% of the population.
Anbalagan said that while these internal workings of the Congress are not of interest to others outside the party, they had become a concern for all of Puducherry since they had caused a disruption in the workings of the government.
The people believed in the fake promises made by the party, and hence they won the elections, he said. “Now, the party is entangled with their own problems and are unable to form a government in the Union Territory,” he added.
He said that this is an insult to the people who have chosen them to form the government. “The elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry happened at the same time. Puducherry is such a small place but till now it is not decided who will become the CM, unlike Tamil Nadu where the Chief Minister and MLAs have been sworn in and the CM has already passed a few orders. I have not even been sworn in as an MLA till now,” he said.