Virtual split in Cong after Rangasamy`s resignation

Cracks widened in the ruling Congress in Puducherry on Thursday as estranged party leader N Rangasamy and loyalist P Angalane resigned from their Assembly membership.

Last Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 22:08 PM IST

Puducherry: Cracks widened in the ruling
Congress in Puducherry on Thursday as estranged party leader N
Rangasamy and loyalist P Angalane resigned from their Assembly
membership.

They represented Thattanchavady and Tirubuvanai
(reserved) constituencies respectively. While Thattanchavady
is an urban constituency, Thirubuvanai is a village segment.
With the resignations of Rangasamy and Angalane, the
strength of Congress has fallen to 11 from 13.

Efforts of PCC leader A V Subramanian and former TNCC
president M Krishnaswamy yesterday to ensure that Rangasamy
changed his plan to quit, clearly, did not succeed.

It is speculated that Rangasamy will float a new party
and N R Peravai, floated by his loyalists a few months ago,
will be converted to a political party to take on Congress in
the coming Assembly polls due in May.

Sources close to Rangasamy said the new party will be
announced in the next three weeks.

Ahead of the may polls, intense political activities
have commenced in Puducherry. Poll observers feel some
opposition parties might hold parleys for an alliance with
Rangasamy`s new party.
Rangasamy was unseated from the Chief Minister`s post
in August 2008 and has been keeping a low profile since then.
He distanced himself from party sponsored programmes and
official functions except to attend the opening of the
government maternity hospital and medical college here by UPA
chairperson Sonia Gandhi in October 2010.

In the 30-member Assembly, the seven-member DMK and
three Independents are supporting the government from outside.

The opposition AIADMK has three members, PMK has two
members and CPI and MDMK have one member each.

PTI