Rajesh B.Nair

Administration has virtually come to a standstill: Nazeem

Opposition leader, party MLAs meet Rangasamy

CPI, CPI (M) decide to launch agitations against government

PUDUCHERRY: The Puducherry unit of the DMK and the CPI, two key allies of the Congress government in the Union Territory, on Thursday warned the Rangasamy-led government of serious consequences if they continued to function as a divided house.

Addressing separate press conferences, the leaders of the two parties said they would be compelled to take a strong stand against the Congress government here if the infighting in the Cabinet continued. Leader of the opposition A. M. H Nazeem said the administration had “virtually come to a standstill” owing to serious differences of opinion between five Ministers and the Chief Minister.

“We are totally unhappy with the way the government is functioning. The MLAs belonging to the party had already expressed their displeasure when they met the senior leaders of DMK in Chennai. We will have to take a tough stand if the infighting continued so as to protect the interest of the general public,” Mr. Nazeem said.

The Ministers had already put forth their grievances before the leadership of the All India Congress Committee and now they should wait for a decision from the Congress high command rather than camping in New Delhi, leaving all the “administrative works pending,” he said.

To a query on the performance of the Chief Minister, he said “Mr. Rangasamy was running the government quite successfully. But he cannot function properly if the other Ministers do not cooperate.”

While the Tamil Nadu government had finalised the seat-sharing agreement in professional courses, the UT administration had so far not initiated any steps to start the admission process, he said.

If the government did not complete the seat-sharing agreement within a week’s time, the party would be compelled to launch an agitation, he said. Later, he along with other MLAs belonging to his party met Mr. Rangasamy and appealed to him to take steps to end the stalemate.

In a related development, Secretary of the Puducherry unit of CPI N. Kalainathan said the party held a meeting with the functionaries of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and decided to launch a series of agitations against the government for not fulfilling any of the assurances made in the budget and Congress manifesto

“Not a single scheme announced by the government has been implemented,” he said.

CPI member in the Legislative Assembly R. Viswanathan also called on Mr. Rangasamy and appealed to him to start the process of finalising the seat sharing agreement in professional courses.