MORE THAN a month after the NR Congress-BJP alliance received the meeting polls and shaped authorities in Puducherry, it’s but to kind a cupboard, largely due to an influence tussle between the 2 allies.
In keeping with sources, NR Congress chief N Rangasamy, who took over as chief minister on Might 7, is engaged in intense deliberations over the previous two weeks with the BJP leaders within the Union Territory, who’ve been constructing strain for extra illustration within the Cupboard other than different positions.
Whereas it was broadly speculated initially that the BJP needed to have its personal chief minister and sideline Rangasamy, the NR Congress chief not solely managed to face agency in his place but additionally seems to be dictating the phrases. Sources mentioned he turned down the BJP’s demand for 3 cupboard portfolios, and the posts of deputy chief minister and Speaker. The BJP has lastly agreed to the posts he provided: two ministers, Speaker and a parliament secretary.
The sources mentioned Rangasamy although has had his tense moments. “Every time he refused to budge, there have been sleuths from central businesses standing exterior his home,” alleged a prime supply near Rangasamy. “He confronted the warmth usually. He was pressured with regard to the alliance earlier than the polls. After the polls, he was tense once more as they needed him to go away Puducherry. He was advised to just accept the Lt. Governor’s put up in Lakshadweep and hand over the chief minister’s put up to the BJP. He was nervous initially however has began setting the phrases now.”
Giving different cases the place Rangasami prevailed, a prime supply within the Puducherry authorities mentioned: “He objected when the BJP proposed a nominated MLA to the put up of Speaker. The BJP needed to lastly agree. He additionally refused to provide them three cupboard portfolios as a substitute of two. Now that they’re able to take it, he advised them to come back with a letter from the BJP nationwide management, which is formally endorsing their ministers.”
“Earlier they [BJP] delayed the cupboard formation and Rangasamy was upset. However he’s least bothered about it now. He had managed to tame them,” the supply mentioned.
When requested about his seemingly strict stand in the direction of the BJP previously two weeks, Rangasamy advised The Indian Express: “Thanks.” On his demand for an endorsement letter from the BJP nationwide management for its ministers, he mentioned the letter will come quickly. “The Speaker [BJP MLA Embalam R Selvam] was sworn in in the present day. They’ll give the letter [on the ministers] quickly. We’ll kind the cupboard by subsequent week,” he mentioned.
A senior BJP chief mentioned they’ve been advised to keep up the equation with the NR Congress for a while, however their want for the highest put up stays. “We may have a CM quickly. However this isn’t the best time. Presently, the nationwide management doesn’t need us to go in opposition to the NR Congress,” he mentioned.
Within the 30-member meeting, the NR Congress has 10 seats and BJP 6. Nonetheless, the BJP is assured of garnering the help of six Unbiased MLAs. The opposition Congress-DMK alliance has eight seats. The Congress, which led the earlier authorities has two seats, whereas the DMK has six.