Congress fighting for existence on many fronts
NEW DELHI — Puducherry on Monday became the second Congress government to fall within 365 days after the Kamal Nath-led Madhya Pradesh government fell in March last year.
It is the third government if coalition government of Karnataka is counted which had support of the Congress. The Congress has shrunk to just three states — Punjab, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. In Jharkhand and Maharashtra it is in coalition.
The Congress leaders in New Delhi assert that the fall of Puducherry government will enhance their electoral prospects as it will negate the anti-incumbency of the Narayansamy government and make Congress stronger in the state.
Puducherry’s outgoing Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy resigned earlier in the day after his Congress-led government collapsed just before facing the floor test in the Assembly.
Addressing the Assembly ahead of floor test, Narayansamy alleged that the BJP is derailing India’s democratic system.
“What is happening in Puducherry now is political prostitution. But the truth will prevail,” he said.
He alleged that former Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi and the Centre colluded with the opposition to destabilize his government.
After his hard-hitting speech, slamming the Centre for colluding with the opposition to topple his government and arguments over voting rights of three nominated MLAs, the chief minister and his MLAs walked out of the House.
The Congress leader and former General Secretary B.K. Hariprasad said: “BJP is pulling down governments where they don’t get majority through elections.”
Last year at the same time Congress former leader Jyotiraditya Scindia led a revolt which resulted in the fall of Congress government in the Madhya Pradesh where the Congress had fought tooth and nail to wrest to power after fifteen years.
The similarity between the Puducherry, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka is that the Congress MLAs revolted against the party and due to their resignation the government collapsed.
Ten MLAs in Goa crossed to BJP and about 20 MLAs left the party in West Bengal to join the Trinamool in last five years.
The danger in Rajasthan is still looming after the revolt of Sachin Pilot which Congress managed to resolve timely but the BJP has its eyes on the internal contradiction of the Congress and may things playing out between the Ashok Gehlot and Pilot camps.
In Maharashtra, a problem has arisen in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government after resignation of Nana Patole as speaker as coalition partners alleged that Congress did not consult the allies, sources said.
In Jharkhand, leaders say the government is safe and the coalition government is running smoothly without any problems. — IANS