Ex-AINRC legislator joins Congress

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Puducherry, Mar 12 (PTI): Former AINRC legislator M Vaithianathan joined the Congress in the presence of the PCC president A V Subramanian and former Chief Minister V Narayanasamy oN Friday.

Vaithianathan was elected to the territorial Assembly on the AINRC ticket in the 2011 polls from Lawspet constituency and he defeated the then Congress nominee V P Sivakolundhu.

However, Vaithianathan was defeated in the poll held in 2016 by Sivakolundhu (Congress), who became the Speaker when the Narayanasamy-led Congress government was formed during that year.

Sivakolundhu resigned from the post of Speaker a few weeks ago.

Welcoming Vaithianathan into the Congress fold, the PCC president and the former Chief Minister said, 'It is a good augury that Vaithianathan has joined the Congress. Many more would join the Congress from other parties.' Narayanasamy told reporters that Vaithianathan was not happy about AINRC joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata party and hence quit the AINRC to join the Congress.

'Most of the former Congress legislators or former Ministers, who had quit the Congress to join the BJP, were now virtually left in the lurch,' he said BJP has no foothold in Puducherry and the Secular Democratic Alliance comprising the Congress, DMK and several other parties would form the next government as the NDA comprising AINRC, AIADMK and the BJP was not accepted by the people in Puducherry, he said. PTI COR NVG NVG