Narayanasamy stakes claim to form govt in Puducherry; to seek election in bypoll

Puducherry: Congress leader V Narayanasamy on Monday called on Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi and formally staked claim to form government in the Union Territory.

He was elected the leader of the 15-member Congress Legislature party on Saturday. The party also has support of two-member DMK in the 30-member Assembly.

After meeting Bedi at Raj Nivas, Narayanasamy said he had submitted a letter to the LG regarding his unanimous election as Congress Legislature Party Leader and requested her to invite him to form the government.

He said he also presented to the Lieutenant Governor the letter of support from DMK.

 Narayanasamy stakes claim to form govt in Puducherry; to seek election in bypoll

V Narayanasamy. Image courtesy PIB

Narayanasamy had yesterday called on DMK president M Karunanidhi at Chennai and obtained the Dravidian party's letter of support for forming the government.

Narayanasamy said he, along with Puducherry PCC president Namassivayam, would go to New Delhi later in the day and meet AICC president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

"Very soon the new government would be formed", he said.

Narayanasamy was greeted by the Lt Governor on his birthday on Monday during his meeting with her.

Sixty nine-year-old Narayanasamy, who had served as Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office in the second UPA government after being MoS, Parliamentary Affairs, in UPA-I, did not contest the 16 May assembly polls and will now have to seek election to the legislature in a bypoll.

A law graduate, Narayanasamy did legal practice for more than 10 years and jumped into active politics in 1985.

He was a member of Rajya Sabha for three terms.

Updated Date: May 30, 2016 12:28:38 IST