Karaikal: Putting an end to speculations,
lone independent MLA in Puducherry VMC Sivakumar, reportedly
unhappy over denial of a cabinet berth, on Monday reaffirmed his
crucial support to the AINRC Ministry led by N Rangasamy in
the Union Territory.
"I have already submitted a letter to the Lt Governor
offering my support to the Government. There is no change in
that. I will continue to support the Chief Minister," he told
Sivakumar`s support helped AINRC, which won 15 seats in the
recent elections to the 30-member Assembly, to command a
simple majority and form the government. Subsequently,
Rangasamy, elected from two constituencies, vacated one of the
seats, bringing down his party`s strength to 14.
Sivakumar, who won from Neravy-TR Pattinam constituency in
Karaikal District as a rebel DMK candidate, was conspicuous by
his absence at the June 8 expansion of the Rangasamy ministry
when four ministers were inducted, triggering speculations
about his continued support to the government.
Reports were doing rounds that Sivakumar may not support
the government as he was not inducted into the cabinet,
prompting opposition Congress and AIADMK to demand that
Rangasamy prove his majority.
AIADMK, which contested the polls in alliance with AINRC,
has accused Rangasamy of `backstabbing` by his decision to go
for a single-party rule and said it would function as a
Former chief minister V Vaithilingam of Congress today
demanded in Puducherry that Rangasamy must prove his majority
on the floor of the Assembly by holding the election of the
Speaker before going ahead with appointment of three nominated