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PR in Puducherry, Assembly suspended till end of term

NEW DELHI, FEB 25 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 2/25/2021 12:40:19 PM IST

Days after the V Narayanasamy-led Congress government lost its majority, President’s Rule was imposed in Puducherry on Thursday.

The notification, signed by President Ram Nath Kovind, said the decision was taken after the president received a report from the administrator of the Union Territory of Puducherry on February 22.

“Now, therefore, in the exercise of the powers conferred by section 51 of the Act and of all other powers enabling me in that behalf, I (a) suspend, until the constitution of the 15th Legislative Assembly of Puducherry, in relation to the said Union Territory of Puducherry...,” the notification said. The president also suspended the operation of various provisions of the Government of Union Territories Act, 1963 (20 of 1963), thus imposing central rule in Puducherry.

As per the Ministry of Home Affairs notification, the Puducherry Assembly will be kept in suspended animation till its current term gets over later this year.

President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent for the move a day after it was approved by the Union Cabinet.

The Congress government in Puducherry fell on Monday after chief minister V Narayanasamy resigned ahead of the confidence vote in the Assembly with the coalition government in the UT reduced to a minority due to a spate of resignations of party MLAs and a DMK legislator recently.

With the President’s assent, the assembly of the Union territory has now been suspended and the model code of conduct is expected to kick in soon as the Election Commission announces the date for elections in Puducherry.

 

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