Ending weeks of delay, Puducherry CM submits record of Cupboard ministers

AFTER WEEKS of exhausting bargaining with ally BJP after profitable the elections, which delayed Cupboard formation in Puducherry, Chief Minister N Rangasamy on Wednesday submitted the record of his ministers to Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan.

Sources mentioned the record has two names from the BJP, which was earlier demanding higher illustration within the Cupboard, and 4 names from Rangasamy’s NR Congress.

A senior chief near Rangasamy confirmed that the Chief Minister has submitted the ministers’ record to the Lt Governor. The record might be accepted after the Ministry of Residence Affairs forwards it to the President.

A senior BJP chief mentioned A Namassivayam and Sai J Saravanan might probably be the 2 ministers from the get together. Namassivayam was the chief of a dozen Congress MLAs who toppled the earlier Congress authorities by resigning and becoming a member of the BJP a month earlier than the polls.

The doable elevation of Saravanan, in the meantime, triggered dissent within the BJP.

A Johnkumar, one other MLA who left the Congress together with Namassivayam to affix the BJP, resorted to a public protest final week after Saravanan’s identify began doing the rounds and it turned clear that he wouldn’t be picked for a minister’s submit.

“It’s a incontrovertible fact that we thought-about Johnkumar. However once we get solely two minister posts, we can’t give each to individuals who got here from the Congress get together,” mentioned a senior BJP chief, suggesting that Johnkumar will not be within the record submitted by Rangasamy.

After the election outcomes have been introduced, the BJP, with six MLAs and assist from Independents, harboured hopes for the CM’s submit. BJP lastly settled for Rangasamy’s supply of two ministers’ posts and the Speaker’s submit.

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