Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy resigned after his party failed to proved majority in the floor test.
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.
Narayanasamy accused the opposition BJP and NR Congress of bringing down his government and also blamed former Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi of “colluding with the opposition”. He resigned soon after delivering a speech in the assembly.
The ruling coalition lost two more MLAs, Congress’s K Lakshminarayanan and its partner DMK’s K Venkatesan resigned on Sunday. Four-time Congress MLA Lakshminarayanan said he was upset at not getting “recognition” in the party.
He said he wasn’t made a minister, Speaker or party chief and that the NR Congress and BJP had approached him.
Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan called the Chief Minister on Thursday and ordered him to take a floor test on Monday citing the opposition’s stand that his government no longer has a majority. She called for the vote a day after taking charge following Kiran Bedi’s sudden removal as Lieutenant Governor on Tuesday. Sources said that Tamilisai might invite NRC to form the government or with just three months for the Assembly election, President’s rule might be implemented.