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Pondy full statehood not under NR Cong: Cong Leader

Posted on Nov 28, 08:32PM | UNI

Senior Congress leader and leader of the Opposition V Vaithilingam today claimed full statehood status under the N R Congress Governemnt led by Mr N Rangasamy will lead to autocracy.

Addressing the press here, Mr Vaithilingam, however, clarified that the Congress supported statehood for Puducherry.

But Mr Rangasamy, who is reluctant to hold even local body elections, should hold the polls and meet the people first and then get full statehood.

Asked why the Congress supported the resolution seeking full statehood in the territorial assembly, Mr Vaithilingam said at that time, the party did not know that people would lose their freedom under the N R Congress Government, hence it voted for the resolution.

Mr Vaithilingam pointed out that during Mr Rangasamy's tenure in 2010, the Lt.Governor's financial power was enhanced to Rs.50 crore from Rs.10 crores and those of the Chief Minister from Rs. one crore to Rs.five crore.