Puducherry, May 28: Congress leader V Narayanasamy has been declared as the chief minister of Puducherry by the Congress-DMK alliance. Despite having not contested the recently conducted assembly elections, the veteran politician has been named as the chief minister.
In the legislative polls, Congress won 15 seats, whereas, its ally DMK bagged 2 assembly segments out of the 30-member-assembly. For the post of chief minister, a political slugfest was in progress, with Puducherry Congress head A Namachivayam and former CM V Vaithilingam competing in the race.
The party was mulling the option of appointing Namachivayam as the chief minister, since he belongs to the dominant Vanniyar community, which comprises 30 per cent of the state population.
The delay in forming the government was raised by AIADMK MLA A Anbalagan, who urged newly appointed Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi to take stock of the situation.
Elections in Puducherry were held on May 2016, along with the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The incumbent government of AINRC was voted out of power. The alliance of Congress and DMK came to power with a narrow lane victory.
Narayanasamy has been chosen as the CM candidate due to his political experience and ability to preside over a coalition government. The party leadership feared backlash from either of the internal camps if Namachivayam or Vaithilingam would had been appointed as chief minister.