Puducherry: Apparently unhappy over the election of V Narayanasamy as the new Chief Minister of the Union territory on Saturday, supporters of a faction in the Congress protested against the decision and went on a rampage damaging buses.
Around 10 buses on their way to Chennai were attacked after the announcement was made public. Windscreens of at least eight buses operating between Puducherry and Chennai were broken after the protesters, believed to be supporters of PCC president A Namassivayam pelted the vehicles with stones.
Driver of a bus sustained injuries in the stone pelting. Some of the passengers in a bus also suffered injuries when glass splinters hit them, they said.
The protestors also shouted slogans against Narayanasamy outside the hotel where the Congress Legislature Party meeting was held.
They contended a person who had not contested the elections should not be made the Chief Minister.
When Namassivayam came out of the hotel, they surrounded him and posed several queries regarding the decision. Namassivayam was seen placating some of the protestors.
Congress's central observers - former Delhi chief minister Shelia Dikshit and general secretary Mukul Wasnik - announced the decision after holding discussions with the newly-elected party legislators here.
The Congress, which fought the 16 May elections in alliance with the DMK, won 15 seats in the 30 member assembly. The DMK won two seats. Since there were three contenders for the chief minister's post - former chief minister V Vaithilingam, party chief A Namassivayam and Narayanasamy - there was a delay in choosing the next Chief Minister.
According to the party's central observers, Narayanasamy was elected unanimously by all the Congress legislators. Narayanansamy's supporters alleged that he did not want to be the chief minister.
They started protesting against the decision because they felt Narayanansamy had worked behind the scenes to secure the top post in the Union Territory. They contended a person who had not contested the elections should not be made the Chief Minister.
Narayanansamy did not contest the elections. Now, he has to get elected after one of the sitting legislators resigns.
How this impacts the first few days of Narayanansamy's term as chief minister remains to be seen.
Published Date: May 28, 2016 20:00 PM | Updated Date: May 28, 2016 20:36 PM