Puducherry: Despite the political crisis in the Union Territory, the floor test will be discussed in the Puducherry Assembly today as directed by Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan.
It comes after two Congress MLAs, John Kumar and Lakshmi Narayanan, and DMK MLA K Venkatsan resigned from their assembly seats. The government led by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy now has 12 MLAs and the opposition has 14 members in the 33-member assembly. The Puducherry Assembly now has seven vacancies resulting in 26 effective. The general majority number after resignation on Sunday is 14.
Puducherry is set to go to the polls later this year. Dates have not yet been announced.
On Sunday, before the floor test, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy met with Congress and DMK MLAs to discuss further strategies.
What is the floor test?
The floor test is a proposal that the government wanted to know whether it gained the confidence of the legislature. A trust vote allows elected representatives to determine whether a cabinet member has confidence.
When will the floor test in Puducherry?
The lieutenant governor ordered a floor test to determine the majority of the ruling Congress-led coalition on the floor of the House. The floor test will be held by 5pm today and will be displayed in the palm of the hand.
The 33-member assembly has 30 elected seats and three BJP nominees. The Congress currently has nine MLAs. Among them is Assembly Speaker SP Shivakalundhi, who is not allowed to vote unless he is tied.