Puducherry chief minister in New Delhi to save ministry

August 16th, 2008 - 5:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Puducherry, Aug 16 (IANS) With five cabinet members turning rebellious, Puducherry Chief Minister N. Rangasamy flew to New Delhi Saturday to meet the Congress high command - the second time this week - in a last-ditch attempt to save his chair. At least five members in Rangasamy’s cabinet have refused to have anything to do with the government if he continues in power, a minister said, requesting anonymity.

“If Rangasamy is not replaced, the stalemate in this union territory will continue and not a single file will move. His fall is imminent,” the minister added.

The crisis began a fortnight ago and the Congress high command had been postponing taking a decision on the matter.

Though unrepresented in Puducherry, the AIADMK has been carrying on a campaign against Rangasamy.

In a statement, AIADMK chief Jayalalitha had alleged that the chief minister had squandered more than Rs.7.5 million in airfare by repeatedly travelling to New Delhi for no apparent reason other than attempting to save his “non-performing ministry which completely opposes him”.

Ironically, a section within the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu has also been working on the sidelines against the continuation of Rangasamy, DMK sources said on phone from Chennai.

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