Puducherry hit back by violent protests as V Narayanasamy announced as new Chief Minister

Violent protests erupted soon after it was announced that V Narayanasamy would take charge as the new Chief Minister of Union Territory of Puducherry. 69-year old Narayanasamy had been Minister of State twice in the Central government during the reign of UPA and is currently serving as the general secretary of All India Congress Committee.

Congress contested the legislative assembly elections in alliance with DMK and won total 17 seats. Congress emerged as the largest party by winning 15 seats in 30-seats legislative assembly of Union Territory of Puducherry. The elections were held on May 16 and though the results were announced only two days later, there was no confirmation over the election of Chief Ministerial candidate for which it was cited that internal conflicts caused the delay. Main contenders of the post included V Narayanasamy and Puducherry Pradesh Congress Committee A. Namassivayam.

Earlier on Saturday morning, former Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit and AICC general secretary Mukul Wasnik announced that Narayanasamy has been unanimously elected as the party leader by all MLAs and would soon take oath as Chief Minister. Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi also congratulated him over the phone. Ms. Dikshit and Mr. Wasnik had been appointed as observers for the legislative assembly elections by Congress.

As the announcement was made, Namassivayam’s supporters started protesting against the decision and demanded it to be rolled back. His supporters alleged that Mr. Narayanasamy had used backdoor entry to accomplish his dream. News reports confirmed that around ten buses were attacked on East Coast Road which caused difficulty for commuters. Even police resorted to lathi charge to control the situation and one news photographer, including several others, were injured during the scuffle.

Now that Narayanasamy’s name has been confirmed by Congress leadership, he would have to contest bypolls within stipulated time frame to secure the post. He had not contested the assembly elections which were held this month.

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