Chief Minister N. Rangasamy on Wednesday said that though the Puducherry Assembly had passed 13 resolutions demanding the Centre to grant special State status to Puducherry since 1987, the Centre was yet to take a decision on it.
Replying to the query raised by Nanda T. Saravanan (DMK) and P.M.L. Kalyanasundaram (AINRC) on the steps taken by the territorial administration on statehood issue, he said besides passing resolutions, they were sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Similarly, the viability reports prepared by the Puducherry government were sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs in 1993, 1995, 1999 and 2004.
Moreover, a high level committee led by the Chief Minister, Ministers and MLAs met the President, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and others in New Delhi on 7.9.2004 demanding special State status to Puducherry. Several other steps were also taken to impress upon the Union government to consider the long pending demand of statehood.
Mr. Rangasamy added that the Congress, which was demanding for Statehood, had changed its stand.