Vayalar Ravi-led team to decide Puducherry chief minister’s future

August 24th, 2008 - 6:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Puducherry, Aug 24 (IANS) A three-member Congress team led by Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi will decide the future of embattled Puducherry Chief Minister N. Rangasamy on Monday, party sources told IANS here Sunday.of the six members in Rangasamy’s cabinet, five are reportedly opposing him along with at least three other party legislators, sources said.

Though no clear-cut indications are available on whether Rangasamy will be asked to step down by Ravi, separate lobbies are at work to elect either speaker R. Radhakrishnan or former chief minister R. Vaidyalingam as the next chief minister.

The latter has been accused of bribing a legislator and the Central Bureau of Investigation probed the allegations against him.

The relentless assault on Rangasamy began following prosecution of ministers E. Valsaraj and M.O.H.F. Shahjahan for misappropriating funds by the police which is under the direct control of the chief minister.

Party position in the Puducherry assembly: Congress 10; DMK 7, AIADMK 3; Puducherry Munnetra Congress 3, Independents 3, Communist Party of India 1; MDMK 1; nominated - 3 (one each belonging to Congress, CPI and PMK).

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