Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Puducherry V Narayanasamy on Sunday said he was not contesting the April 6 Assembly elections as there was a need to coordinate poll-related works and programmes of the party in the Union Territory. He told reporters at the PCC office here that the president of the Pradesh Congress Committee A V Subramanian was contesting the poll from Karaikal (north) and so he (Narayanasamy), along with the Congress Member of Parliament V Vaithilingam, had to coordinate election-related party activities.
Former Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy on Saturday refuted reports claiming that the Congress party has not given hum a ticket for the upcoming assembly polls in the union territory. “Some media reports stated I am not fighting election because high command didn’t give a ticket to me which is untrue. Sonia Gandhi asked me to fight the election,” V Narayanasamy said.
Congress party on Tuesday released a list of 14 candidates for the upcoming Puducherry polls 2021. Earlier on the day, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released a list of 9 candidates for the assembly elections in the Union Territory (UT) of Puducherry. Puducherry will go to the polls in a single phase on April 6. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday released a list of 9 candidates for the Puducherry Assembly elections 2021. On Sunday, the party had released a list of 27 and 36 candidates for the third and fourth phases of assembly elections in West Bengal. Puducherry will go to the polls in a single phase on April 6. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
Election Commission has decided to use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) along with Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) at all the Polling Stations in the upcoming assembly elections in four states and Union territory. This decision to use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) along with Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) at all the Polling Stations decision was taken with a view to enhance the transparency and credibility of the election process. In order to ensure transparency, EVMs/VVPATs are randomized twice using EVM Management System (EMS) while being allocated to an Assembly Constituency and then to a polling booth ruling out any fixed allocation.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will attend public and organisational programmes in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu on Sunday, informed an official statement. At 10:30 AM, the Union Minister will hold a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Puducherry Core Committee meeting. The meeting will take place in Karaikal. At 11.30 AM, he will address a public meeting in Karaikal. At 1:30 PM, he will attend a BJP Puducherry Mandal and Office bearers meeting in Karaikal, Puducherry.
Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held between 27th March and 29th April. The counting of votes in all the four states and one Union Territory will take place on 2nd of May. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the poll schedule in New Delhi last evening. In the Union Territory of Puducherry Polling for 30 assembly seats will be held on 6th April. The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced this yesterday. Of the 30 Assembly seats, five are reserved for the Scheduled Caste candidates. Mr. Shurbir Singh said that since the number of voters per booth has been restricted to 1000 by the ECI, 607 new booths have been set up taking the total number of booths from 952 to 1559. In view of the Covid 19 pandemic, the polling time been increased by one hour. Counting of votes will be held on 2nd May. Only 2 persons and 2 vehicles will be allowed along with the candidate for filing nominations. And only 5 volunteers will be allowed to undertake door to door campaign for the candidate.
Election dates for 4 States & 1 UT likely to be announced today in Election Commission Press Briefing at 4.30 pm today
The Election Commission of India will hold an important press conference at 4:30 pm on Friday. The poll panel may announce dates for elections to the legislative assemblies of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry today. It may be noted here that elections are due in four states of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam and in the union territory of Puducherry. Election campaigning is already underway at a hectic pace in all four states and the UT of Puducherry.
Your former CM was an expert in lifting the slippers of his top party leaders – PM Modi’s Jibe on V Narayanasamy & Rahul Gandhi in Puducherry
These development works cover roads, healthcare, education, culture, sport and marine economy. What I am seeing here today — the energy and enthusiasm — is wonderful. It shows how the direction of the wind is changing in Puducherry. In 2016, Puducherry didn’t get a people’s govt. They got a govt that was busy serving the Congress high command in Delhi, their priorities were different. Your former CM was an expert in lifting the slippers of his top party leaders. The high command Congress government in Puducherry made it a point to damage every sector of governance. Traditional mills closed. Local industry was troubled. Congress doesn’t believe in working for the people.
Congress has the policy of divide, lie and rule – Prime Minister Narendra Modi while on a visit to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry
Prime Minister Narendra on Thursday (February 25) took a dig at the Congress, saying that the party is prone to lying and that he was shocked at Rahul Gandhi’s “will make fisheries ministry” remark. “Congress has the policy of divide, lie and rule. They are gold, silver and bronze medal winners in telling lies,” said the PM. He said that Puducherry deserved a government that is commanded by the people of Puducherry and not a small group of Congress leaders sitting in Delhi. PM Modi is on a visit to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development initiatives.
Congress-led government in Puducherry lost the confidence vote in the Legislative Assembly on Monday. Assembly Speaker VP Sivakolundhu said announced that the Narayanasamy government could not prove its majority and adjourned the House sine die. Though Narayanasamy moved the motion seeking the confidence vote minutes after the Assembly met for a special one-day session, he and his ruling side MLAs later walked out before the motion was put for voting. Subsequently, the Speaker declared that the motion stood defeated.
MLAs should stay loyal to the party. MLAs who have resigned will not be able to face the people as people will call them opportunists. The BJP government at the Centre, NR Congress and AIADMK have succeeded in dislodging our government by using voting power used by 3 nominated members. This is murder of democracy. The people of Puducherry and this country will teach them a lesson. Myself, ministers, Congress and DMK MLAs and independent legislator have tendered resignation and sought it be accepted.
BJP will not stake a claim to form the government in Puducherry, confirms BJP State Unit President V Saminathan
We will not try and form a government at this stage. With the people’s blessings in the forthcoming elections and [Prime Minister Narendra] Modiji’s leadership, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will form a government with BJP and its alliance partners All India NR Congress and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in May and build a new bright future for the people of Puducherry.
Congress-led Puducherry government will undergo a floor test on Monday. The floor test was ordered by Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan. Tamilisai asked Chief Minister Narayanasamy to prove its majority in the assembly. The ruling Congress-DMK alliance has 11 MLAs in the 33-member Legislative Assembly. The opposition has 14 members. Earlier on Sunday, two more ruling alliance’s MLAs resigned. They are Congress’ K Lakshminarayanan and DMK’s Venkatesan. Lakshminarayanan and Venkatesan submitted their resignation letters separately to Assembly Speaker VP Sivakolundhu at his residence.
One Congress, One DMK MLA Quits Ruling alliance in Puducherry, puts V Narayanasamy Govt into Trouble
The resignation by Congress MLA K Lakshminarayanan and DMK legislator Venkatesan further reduced the strength of the ruling alliance to 11, while the opposition has 14 MLAs in the 33-member assembly, which has seven vacancies. Lakshminarayanan and Venkatesan submitted their resignation letters separately to Assembly Speaker V P Sivakolundhu at his residence here, the both said.
Today, ministers, MLAs of Congress & DMK, MPs and other party leaders met and discussed the strategy to be adopted by us in the Legislative Assembly (tomorrow). We have decided to disclose our strategy on the floor of the House.
Ahead of State Assembly Elections, PM Modi participated in a day-long poll strategy session in Delhi
As five states go to polls in the next few months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in a day-long poll strategy session in Delhi on Sunday, reported NDTV. Bharatiya Janata Party National President JP Nadda also attended the meeting. Modi inaugurated the meeting of the BJP national office-bearers at the New Delhi Municipal Council convention centre. At the event, he urged BJP members to follow the “nation first” motto. Modi told them that the BJP’s mission was to work for the development of the country.
Shame on the BJP for targeting elected Congress governments – Puducherry Chief Minister Narayanasway
No one will be surprised, if a BJP-led or BJP-backed government somehow manages to get on the saddle. This is the same script that is playing out in each state, say political analysts. “This is the BJP’s style of functioning. They will poach and buy MLAs. They have done it in Manipur, Arunachal, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh…they are only purchasing MLAs. Shame on the BJP for targeting elected Congress governments,” the Chief Minister Narayanasway told NDTV on Tuesday, even as he asserted that his government is not in a minority.
Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Thursday ordered assembly floor test on February 22 (Monday) amid crisis in the Congress-led government in the Union Territory. The LG has ordered to conduct the floor test in the legislative assembly by 5 pm. The crisis-ridden Union Territory’s Opposition parties on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to the Lieutenant Governor’s office seeking direction to Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy to prove his majority on the floor of the house.
Dr. Kiran Bedi removed as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan to take additional charge
Dr. Kiran Bedi has been removed as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry while Governor of Telangana, Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, has been given the additional charge as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. The development has come on the day when the Congress-led government in the Union Territory slipped into a minority after one more legislator resigned reducing its tally in the assembly. The President has directed that Dr. Kiran Bedi shall cease to hold the office of the Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry and has appointed Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, Governor of Telangana, to discharge the functions of the Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry, in addition to her own duties, with effect from the date she assumes charge of her office, until regular arrangements for the office of Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry are made,” Ajay Kumar Singh, press secretary to the President, said in a statement.
As Puducherry Assembly polls are slated to be held later this year, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will visit the Union Territory on Wednesday. During the visit, the former Congress chief will interact with the people of Puducherry. “Rahul Gandhi will visit and interact with the citizens of Puducherry on February 17,” Congress tweeted from its official Twitter handle. Congress government headed by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy is seeking to return to power after the Assembly polls which are due later this year in the Union Territory.
4 Congress MLAs resigned from the Puducherry government, CM Narayanasamy has called for an urgent Cabinet meeting
Four Congress MLAs resigned from the Puducherry government on Tuesday initiating a fresh crisis for the INC administration in the Union Territory which is led by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy. Responding to resignation of the MLAs, CM Narayanasamy has called for an urgent Cabinet meeting. Earlier on February 15, MLA Malladi Krishna Rao had also resigned from the Congress government. Now, that five MLAs have resigned from the administration within just two days, the Congress-led Puducherry government is pacing towards a big crisis.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will visit the poll-bound Puducherry on February 17. The former Congress president is likely to address public meetings while kick-starting the party’s campaign for the Union Territory, where Assembly polls are scheduled to be held in the next few months. Currently, Congress is heading the government in Puducherry under Chief Minister V Narayanasamy.
Election Commission Gearing Up for Elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala & Puducherry, announcement likely after February 15
The Election Commission will most likely hold elections in West Bengal in six to seven phases. The final call will be taken after February 15. The apex electoral body is also mulling over holding single-phased elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. Assam may see elections in 2-3 phases. Beginning Wednesday, the top brass of the Election Commission would visit Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala to take stock of election preparedness. The commission has already visited Assam and West Bengal.
BJP Chief JP Nadda Expected to visit Puducherry Today, Rumours of some Ruling Congress Leaders Planning to Shift base to BJP
With BJP chief JP Nadda slated to visit Puducherry on Sunday and rumours circulating of more ruling alliance leaders planning to shift base to the party, hectic and heated meetings were witnessed in the Congress camp on Saturday. Senior AICC leaders, including M Veerappa Moily, MM Pallam Raju, Nitin Raut, Dinesh Gundu Rao and Sanjay Dutt, held meetings with each party MLA at a hotel here on the day. Malladi Krishna Rao, who is in Yanam, MOHF Shajahan, who is out of station, and Parliamentary Secretary to CM K Lakshminarayanan, who is in Covid quarantine, did not attend the meeting.
We will vaccinate everyone in Puducherry (UT) whether the Centre provides us with funds or not – Chief Minister V Narayanasamy
The vaccines were given free to people for smallpox and polio. It is our stand that vaccines should be given to everyone. We will vaccinate everyone in Puducherry (UT) whether the Centre provides us with funds or not.
Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy made a announcement that his government would offer free vaccination for Covid-19 for all the citizens of the Union Territory
After slamming Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for announcing free coronavirus vaccine in Bihar, the Congress government in Puducherry has made a similar announcement. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy has that his government would offer free vaccination for Covid-19 for all the citizens of the Union Territory.