Accusing the BJP of conspiring to bring down his government, V Narayanasamy said the party “always wanted to rule Puducherry by proxy,” which did not win a single seat of the 30 that they contested in the 2016 Assembly polls.
Speaking to The Indian Express at his residence after he and his Council of Ministers submitted their resignations to L-G Tamilisai Soundararajan, Narayanasamy said he was a “happy man” because, considering the obstacles put up by the Opposition, he had been running a government for five years.
“I am a happy man… we completed five years. We took the oath of office in 2016. I ran the government for six months and then, I contested an election. After winning that, the BJP started targeting me… NR Congress and AIADMK tried to topple the government. I thwarted all their game plan with the support of my team,” he said.
He said he “fought her every single day,” accusing former L-G Kiran Bedi of interfering in the government’s day-to-day affairs and attempting to operate a parallel government by conducting review meetings of departments.
“Ultimately, we succeeded when she was thrown out of Puducherry last week, days after we met the President with a demand to recall her. The new L-G (Tamilisai Soundararajan) is also acting in a biased manner. We had almost completed our tenure when they toppled the government today… We will fight against the BJP,” he said.
When asked about the reasoning behind a government’toppling ‘just before the polls, he said the BJP wanted to ensure that during the election the Congress did not rule Puducherry. “They always wanted to rule Puducherry by proxy,” he said.
Narayanasamy said that the BJP was luring them by false promises on the grounds of his trusted aides and senior ministers being poached by rival parties. “The BJP has been using investigating agencies to lure people in Puducherry, like in other states where they toppled governments… Why didn’t they (MLAs) do this in the last five years? They decided to join the BJP because the term of the government was going to end and because it was lucrative,” he said, referring to five of the seven MLAs that have resigned to join the BJP.
When asked if he saw the crisis coming, Narayanasamy said three months ago that he knew about the BJP’s game plan. “I tried to give the MLAs confidence. But you cannot stop greedy people,” he said.
Dismissing the charges filed by Narayanasamy, V Saminathan, president of the BJP state and one of the MLAs nominated, said, “The BJP has no role to play in the fall of this government. It was a highly corrupt government that collapsed on its own due to mismanagement and poor governance. If BJP was the reason, why did their health minister and senior leader Malladi Krishna Rao resign? Why did they disqualify an MLA last year itself? This government lost the majority because it was a failure.”