President’s Rule was imposed on Puducherry on Thursday, the day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the poll-bound Union Territory and addressed a meeting.
The Union cabinet on Wednesday approved the Home Ministry proposal in this regard after the V Narayanasamy government failed to win the trust vote and resigned on February 22 last.
According to reports the decision was taken after the largest opposition party in the Assembly, NR Congress did not stake claim to form the government in alliance with other parties.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi, while speaking in the Union Territory came down heavily on the previous Narayanasamy government. Speaking at a public meeting after inaugurating several developmental projects, he charged the past Congress government with misgovernance and claimed that the Union Territory is going to witness a big change. He said that the people of the state elected a government in 2016 which remained loyal to its masters in New Delhi.
Analysts are of the view that the Centre’s decision to impose President’s rule and dissolve the House came because the NR Congress showed no interest in forming the government in alliance with the BJP. This is simply because had it decided to form government in alliance with the BJP now it would have to leave a much larger number of seats for the saffron party in the coming election.
Led by former chief minister N Rangaswamy, the N R Congress broke away from the Indian National Congress in 2011. At present it is a constituent of the National Democratic Alliance.