Puducherry: Ahead of the imminent April 13
Assembly Elections, T Thiagarajan, Parliamentary Secretary to
Puducherry Chief Minister V Vaithilingam, on Saturday resigned as a
nominated legislator in the Puducherry Assembly, the fourth
MLA to quit his post this year.
After submitting his letter of resignation to the
Secretary to the Legislative Assembly, Thiagarajan said the
Vaithilingam-led Congress government did not recognise him and
did not even associate him with any of the government
functions held in his native village of Kuruvinatham.
Asked if he would shift allegiance to any other party he
said, "for the present, I have not taken any decision about my
future course of action".
Thiagarajan is the fourth Puducherry legislator to quit his
post this year. Former chief minister N Rangasamy and the
government whip P Angalane had resigned as MLAs on January 20.
Rangasamy floated his political party All India NR Congress
(AINRC) on February 7. Angalane joined the Rangasamy-led party
the same day he quit his MLA post.
PMK legislator NG Panneerselvam (another nominated
member) also resigned from his membership of the House in the
last week of February and he, too, joined AINRC within hours
of quitting as MLA.
With Thiagarajan`s resignation, the number of nominated
legislators in the Puducherry Assembly has been reduced to