The newly elected Lieutenant-Governor of Puducherry Tamilisai Soundararajan on Thursday ordered for conducting a floor test to prove the majority of the ruling alliance of Congress in the Union Territory. In his order he said the test has to be conducted on February 22 and shall be ended by 5pm on the same day.
In Puducherry both the ruling Congress alliance and the Opposition have strength of 14 each which makes a floor test mandatory in which having 16 member will be the majority. The voting will be done through the show of hands and the whole proceeding will be recorded.
“The floor test in pursuance of the above directions shall be concluded by 5 pm on 22.02.2021 and the proceedings shall not be adjourned/delayed or suspended at any cost,” a statement said in the order.
Sundararajan is a newly elected Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, who took oath as Former Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi’s successor. Kiran Bedi was removed from the charge of Lieutenant Governor on Tuesday by the President amid the political crises in the Union Territory. She used to be indulged in a scuffle with the Chief Minister of the Territory V Narayanswamy.
The Union Territory is in political crisis following a couple of resignation from the MLAs of ruling Congress alliance which has brought down the number to ten in Congress and three in Dravida Munnetra Kazgham (DMK).
Like Bengal, total four MLAs have resigned from Congress out of which two have joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), since the month of January.
Puducherry is going to have its legislative assembly election in the months of April and May this year.