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Puducherry: Congress snubs V Narayanasamy as 14 candidates announced, former CM’s name missing

 Congress has punished the veteran for failing to defend the Congress government from poaching which resulted in President’s Rule in the Union Territory, a few weeks before the Assembly election, and for deliberately misleading Rahul Gandhi with a wrong translation.
 

Puducherry Congress snubs V Narayanasamy as 14 candidates announced, former CMs name missing-dnm
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Puducherry, First Published Mar 17, 2021, 2:55 PM IST
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Puducherry: Former Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy’s name was missing from the list of 14 candidates announced by the Congress party on Tuesday. The Congress is contesting in 15 of the 30 assembly constituencies.

Congress has punished the veteran for failing to defend the Congress government from poaching which resulted in President’s Rule in the Union Territory, a few weeks before the Assembly election, and for deliberately misleading Rahul Gandhi with a wrong translation.

"Former Chief Minister V Narayanasamy will not contest the 2021 assembly elections in Puducherry. He will look after the campaign and election management," said Dinesh Gundu Rao, All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-incharge of Puducherry.

Among the key candidates, P Selvanadane will contest from Kardirgamam assembly seat, M Kannan From Indira Nagar, Karthikeyan from Oussudu and Ramesh Preambath from Mahe.

Clearly, the party wants a departure from Narayanasamy’s brand of abrasive politics which also saw the chief minister engaging in a power struggle with Lt Governor Kiran Bedi, who was removed just before his government fell.

Polling for 30 assembly seats in Puducherry will be held on April 6.

Of the 30 assembly seats, five are reserved for the Scheduled Caste candidates. The Congress-led government in the union territory fell before completing its five-year term under Chief Minister V Narayansamy.

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