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The solely time the Congress has misplaced Puducherry, it has been due to a insurgent. The Congress and DMK collectively have gained over 50% seats in each meeting elections in Puducherry since 1980, besides in 2011

By Abhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2021 06:32 PM IST

Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy exuded confidence concerning Congress successful the upcoming election after the fall of his government within the Union territory on Monday. At the identical time, social gathering strategists are nervous that the autumn of the federal government shall be seen by the voters as an indication that the Congress’s home will not be so as.

This might be as a result of whereas Puducherry is a Congress-Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) stronghold (DMK was Congress’ associate within the Union territory’s authorities), the one latest electoral problem they’ve confronted can also be from a celebration shaped by a insurgent chief—the All India NR Congress (AINRC).

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The Congress and DMK collectively have gained over 50% seats in each meeting elections in Puducherry since 1980, besides in 2011. The two events have been additionally the one winners of the lone Lok Sabha seat from the Union territory in each Lok Sabha election since 1967, besides in 2014, when the seat went to the AINRC.

This lengthy report of getting gained in Puducherry might be the explanation for the Congress’ confidence concerning the upcoming election. On the opposite hand, even successful the meeting election this 12 months wouldn’t be a assure of working the federal government if the social gathering’s MLAs bounce ship after the election. Governments shaped by the social gathering after successful elections have fallen in Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka, and there have been intermittent crises in Rajasthan as properly.

The solely problem to the Congress and DMK’s dominance within the Union territory’s elections has come not from the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam or the Bharatiya Janata Party, however AINRC, which was shaped by a former Congress chief minister, N Rangasamy. Whether or not the MLAs who’ve resigned from the Congress, resulting in a fall of Narayanasamy’s authorities, float a joint entrance within the forthcoming elections, stays to be seen.

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