Puducherry: The opposition Congress Tuesday
charged the N Rangasamy-led Puducherry government of
unleashing "political vendetta" by resorting to retrenchment
of workers engaged in several departments by the previous
Congress regime here.
"In all, more than 3,000 workers were dismissed without
assigning any reason and this is a clear case of political
vengeance or vendetta the Rangasamy-led government is
unleashing against the workers," former Chief Minister and
senior Congress leader, V Vaithilingam, told reporters here.
Vaithilingam also denied reports that a section of Congress
was considering joining the ministry of the Rangasamy-founded
All India NR Congress (AINRC) in the Union Territory.
"All our seven legislators are unanimous that it would not
not be advisable to work out any understanding with the AINRC
at any stage as people`s problems are screaming for solution,"
Vaithilingam alleged the Puducherry government had failed
on several fronts. The distribution of kerosene through fair
price shops to poor families had been reduced from seven
litres for a card to three litres, which had hit the needy, he
Construction work in the Union Territory had also been
brought to a grinding halt due to exorbitant rise in the price
of sand and blue metals, Vaithilingam claimed.
He also urged the government to expedite the process of
granting licenses to those coming forward for sand quarrying
and said talks should also be held with the neighbouring Tamil
Nadu government for continued permission for transport of sand
from that State into Puducherry.
Former Local Administration Minister A Namassivayam, who
was also present, claimed "constituencies held by the
opposition Congress are being targeted (by the new government)
and are deprived of basic amenities".