Assembly kept under suspended animation, says the gazette’s notification.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday imposed presidential power in Pondicherry. The Ministry of the Interior notified it in its gazette notification.

The notification read: “While I, Ram Nath Kovind, President of India, received a report from the Administrator of the Union Territory of Pondicherry dated February 22, 2021 and after reviewing the report and other information I have received, I am convinced that a situation has arisen in which the administration of the Union Territory of Pondicherry cannot be exercised in accordance with the provisions of the Law on the Government of Union Territories , 1963 (20 of 1963) ”.

“The Legislative Assembly of the said Union territory is hereby placed under suspended animation”, adds the notification.

On February 22, the Chief Minister of Pondicherry, V. Narayanasamy, tendered his resignation to Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Monday after it became apparent that he had lost the confidence of the House.

A confidence motion presented by Mr Narayanasamy to the Assembly was not put to the vote. However, President VP Sivakolandhu announced that he was defeated after the chief minister, questioning the voting rights of the three appointed members, led to a withdrawal of ruling legislators from Congress-DMK. The 14 opposition MPs from All India NR Congress (7), AIADMK (4) and BJP (3 nominated) were in the House when the Speaker delivered his ruling.

The resignations of half a dozen lawmakers – five from Congress including two ministers and one from the DMK – in recent weeks, and the disqualification of a congressional lawmaker last year, had reduced the government to a minority. The strength of the House had fallen to 26 to 33, as a result of which the opposition outnumbered the ruling alliance – Congress (9 with President), DMK (2) and Independent (1) .

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