Centre has agreed to Puducherry’s statehood demand: CM Rangasamy

Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy said on Wednesday that the Centre has decided to concede the demand for Puducherry’s statehood. Rep...
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Polls long over, Puducherry functions without cabinet

On June 7, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin will complete one month of governance in the state, but in neighbouring Puducherry, the Chief Minister, N Rangasamy is still struggling to form his cabinet. The All India N Rangasamy Congress (AINRC) founded by Rangasamy, had won the Assembly election with BJP and AIADMK as its allies. While the NRC...

Dream may come true for Stalin, Pinarayi’s work earns him second term

The TN election result should come as a shot in the arm for Stalin, who has led the DMK's performance across the state; the credit for winning Kerala would go to Pinarayi Vijayan for his strong leadership displayed during successive cyclones and the COVID crisis

Did BJP steal Aadhaar data to target Puducherry voters? EC to investigate

A Anand, 31, a resident of Lawspet assembly constituency in Puducherry, received a text in the last week of February. It was a message from the BJP, asking him to vote for the party. At first, he didn’t think too much of it. In the next few days Anand – president of the state committee of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) – received several such messages. He noticed that all of them contained a link.

Norwegian knowhow to help Puducherry, Lakshadweep’s marine development

Even amid growing concerns over the impact of global warming and climate change on coastal areas, Puducherry and Lakshadweep have been chosen as the first locations for sustainable development of ocean resources through an India-Norway collaboration

‘Bhaiya Rahul…you were on leave’: Amit Shah on fisheries ministry r...

The question whether the Centre has a fisheries ministry or just a department within a ministry, continued to be the focus of a verbal war between BJP senior leaders and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi in the election campaigns in poll-bound states.

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Puducherry put under President’s rule days after Narayanasamy govt’s fall...

Days after outgoing Chief Minister V Narayanasamy failed to prove his majority in the assembly, Puducherry has been placed under President's rule. Neither the BJP nor any of its allies staked claim to form a government in the Union Territory, which will go to polls in three months’ time.

Shocking to hear Rahul’s ‘fisheries ministry’ remark: Modi

Under constant attack from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (February 25) got an opportunity to get back at his nemesis and made the most of it.

Rivalry within Congress aided BJP ploy to topple Puducherry govt

After the collapse of the Congress government on February 22, the Union Territory of Puducherry is gearing up to embrace President's rule in another couple of days. With the Opposition parties not interested to form the government for two months, the Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has reportedly recommend that President's rule be invoked.

Union Cabinet approves President’s rule in Puducherry

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday (February 24) approved a proposal to impose President's Rule in Puducherry, days after a Congress-led government in the union territory lost power during a vote of confidence. Announcing the Cabinet decision, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, told reporters that the decision was taken as no party claimed to form a ...

Lieutenant governor recommends President’s rule in Puducherry

Ending speculation, Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has recommended President’s rule in the Union Territory, media reports said.The new L-G’s decision came days after the Congress lost power and the BJP and its allies clarified that they would not stake their claim to form the government.

Puducherry government loses trust vote, CM Narayanasamy resigns

The government in Puducherry, led by Congress chief minister V Narayanasamy, lost the trust vote in the assembly on Monday (February 22). Narayanasamy will soon offer his resignation to the governor.The government was left shaky after two more MLAs — one each from the Congress and its ally the DMK — quit on Sunday ahead of the trust vote.  

‘Congress has lost majority’: 2 more Pondicherry MLAs quit ahead of floor...

In a significant blow to the ruling V Narayanasamy government, two more MLAs - one from the Congress and another from its partner DMK - have resigned in Puducherry, on the eve of a crucial floor test in the Puducherry legislative assembly.

I’m under pressure from both sides, says independent Puducherry MLA

Independent MLA Dr V Ramachandran, whose vote is crucial in the upcoming floor test in the Puducherry Legislative Assembly on February 22 (Monday), admitted to The Federal that he is being pressured from both parties.

Puducherry govt to face floor test on Feb 22, Narayanasamy confident of win

Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has asked the Narayanasamy government to prove its majority on Monday (February 22).

Narayanasamy may prevent further exits but face floor test on Feb 25

After Kiran Bedi’s summary removal from the post of Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory (UT) of Puducherry, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy can now heave a sigh of relief. But, can he manage to stop leaders exiting the Congress party, is the major question foremost in the minds of the people and political parties of the UT.

Rahul Gandhi accuses Modi govt of arresting people ‘for what they think’

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused the Modi government of thoughtcrime, a word coined by George Orwell in his dystopian novel 1984, on Wednesday and said people were being arrested “for what they think”

After getting the sack, Kiran Bedi says: I did my sacred duty

Following her sudden sacking as lieutenant-governor of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi has thanked the Centre for a “lifetime experience”. “I can say with a deep sense of satisfaction that during this tenure, ‘TeamRajNivas’ diligently worked to serve larger public interest,” Bedi said. “Whatever was done, was a sacred duty.”

Amid political crisis, Kiran Bedi removed as Puducherry lieutenant governor

In a sudden development, lieutenant governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi was removed from her post on Tuesday (February 16) night at a time when the Union Territory is witnessing a political crisis following the resignation of Congress MLAs from the V Narayanasamy government.

Ahead of Rahul’s Pondy visit, Cong govt loses majority as one more MLA resigns

One more ruling Congress legislator A John Kumar, a close confidant of Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, resigned from his MLA post on Tuesday (February 16), in yet another jolt to the ruling Congress dispensation ahead of the assembly polls due in few months. Kumar, who was elected from the Kamaraj Nagar constituency in 2019 bypoll, is ...

DMK banks on party hopper with ’tilak’ always on forehead to win Puducher...

It seems S Jagathrakshakan's political career has come full circle with the DMK deciding to field him  as the chief minister candidate for Puducherry

DMK may drop Cong, fight Puducherry elections on its own

Wide-spread speculation on whether the DMK has decided to contest the upcoming assembly elections in Puducherry on its own has come as an another setback for the Congress. The anti-incumbency wave against the ruling party and intra-party disputes in the Congress have prompted the DMK to consider dropping it from the alliance. Puducherry has the ...

Bedi harmful for Pondy, needs to leave: CM on 3rd day of protest

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy’s protest, demanding the ouster of Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, entered its third day on Sunday, as the former continued his sit-in near Bedi’s official residence. Narayanasamy, who has been engaged in a long-standing feud with Bedi over the past years, has accused her of interfering in the government’...

Puducherry third state after Bihar, TN to promise free COVID vaccine

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanswamy has said regardless of Centre’s funds, his government will provide free coronavirus vaccine in the Union Territory. CM Narayanaswamy quoting the BJP’s announcement in Bihar and Tamil Nadu CM EPS’ similar step said the vaccine should be provided free across the country. “Corona is like smallpox, polio a...

Pondy fishermen stage black flag protest against Bedi over ex-gratia payment

Fishermen in Puducherry took to the sea on Friday and put up black flags in their boats as a sign of protest against Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi’s order to not provide ex-gratia for fishermen during the ban against fishing.

Health workers throw body of COVID-19 victim in pit, probe ordered

The authorities have ordered a probe after a video emerged of health workers throwing the body of a COVID-19 positive man into a burial pit in Puducherry.
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