Union Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office V. Narayanasamy said that Chief Minister N. Rangasamy should quit following Lieutenant Governor Virendra Kataria’s serious remarks and the Madras High Court taking a serious note of the law and order situation in Puducherry.

Reacting to the recent developments in Puducherry in the wake of Mr. Kataria’s interview, Mr. Narayanasamy told The Hindu over phone from New Delhi that he had been continuously highlighting the poor situation in Puducherry during the last two years.

Mr. Kataria’s interview and the High Court’s observation had proved beyond doubt the existence of a strong nexus between police and criminals.

Terming the situation in Puducherry “alarming,” Mr. Narayanasamy said people were living in fear.

Extortion menace

The police couldn’t take action against complaints filed by the common man and traders. The extortion menace had reached all-time high in Puducherry.

Though the Chief Minister was vested with powers to rein in goons, he didn’t use them, Mr. Narayanasamy said.

“If you are not able to use your powers, you should not continue in office; you should quit,” he said.

V. Vaithilingam, former Chief Minister, said that the Congress would stage a protest next week with the support of like-minded parties, urging Mr. Rangasamy to quit.