President’s rule has been imposed in Puducherry where the ruling Congress led alliance had collapsed in the floor test conducted on February 22.
The alliance feel short of majority because of multiple resignations from the alliance. Since January six MLAs have resigned out of which five were from Congress and one from Dravida Munneta Kazhagam (DMK). Two out of those resigned had immediately joined BJP.
The President rule is imposed as the elections are due in the Union Territory in three months and the BJP and its allies have denied to make their government despite having the majority.
Early in the week, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “In Puducherry, the Chief Minister has resigned and nobody has claimed to form the government and therefore, the Lieutenant Governor has recommended suspending the assembly”.
Soon after losing the trust vote debate the Chief Minister V Narayanswamy resigned by finishing with a speech in the assembly. In his speech he blamed the BJP and NR Congress for toppling his government and also blamed the former Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi for “colluding with the Opposition”.
After losing in Puducherry, Congress has lost its only government in the south.
BJP is likely to be benefited with the Congress losing power just ahead of the elections in he Union Territory and its adjoining Tamil Nadu. The entries from the Opposition is also likely to benefit the BJP before the elections.
The Prime Minister also made his visit to the Union Territory on Thursday to introduce many developmental schemes and to kick-start BJP’s election campaign for the upcoming polls.
He also addressed a rally in Puducherry where he said, the UT did not deserve any “high command” government who would only serve the Congress leaders but if the people of Puducherry vote BJP to power then it will treat the people on high command.