Puducherry: Puducherry Chief Minister and All India NR Congress founder leader N Rangasamy on Tuesday resigned one of the two seats he had contested and won in the April 13 elections to the assembly.
He gave up Indira Nagar seat while retaining Kadirkamam.
The two seats were formed in the delimitation exercise in
2008 after trifurcating Thattanchavady segment.
Puducherry Assembly Secretary M Sivaprakasam told reporters
that Rangasamy submitted a letter to the Speaker`s office last
night, stating that he had resigned his Indira Nagar seat.
"The resignation has been accepted and Election Commission
has been apprised of the development so that a formal
notification announcing vacancy in Indira Nagar constituency
will follow," he said.
Following this, the strength of the ruling AINRC in the
30 member assembly has now fallen from 15 to 14.
Independent V M C Sivakumar (a rebel DMK candidate) had
pledged support to the government and also presented a letter
of support to Lt Governor Iqbal Singh on May 15 when Rangasamy
presented a letter of his unanimous election as leader of the
AINRC legislature wing, paving the way for his induction as
Chief Minister on May 16.
A by-election will be held as soon as the EC announces
vacancy in the seat and notifies the poll schedule.
Rangasamy broke away from Congress and floated his new
outfit on February 6 and it emerged victorious at the hustings
in alliance with AIADMK.
The breakup of parties in the Assembly is: AINRC (14)
Independent (one) Congress (7) AIADMK (5) and DMK (2). One
seat has been vacated by Chief Minister.