Pondy CM Warms Up To BJP Ahead of Lok Sabha Polls?
By Debjani Dutta | ENS | Published: 01st January 2014 07:55 AM |
Is Chief Minister N Rangasamy planning to go the BJP way in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections? His New Year message is certainly indicative of his apparent preference for the saffron party to come to power and change the fortunes of the Union Territory, which has taken a “beating” under the present Congress government. Congress, which has been pinning its hopes on Rangasamy to retain the Puducherry Lok Sabha seat, could lose out critical support. The CM despite breaking away from the Congress to float his own AINRC party has remained close to it and has been silently supporting the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.
He holds AICC president Sonia Gandhi, whose portrait hangs in his official chambers, in high esteem.
But now he seems to be expecting a change at the Centre which he says will also benefit the UT. “The New Year begins at a time when the country is awaiting a leadership capable of assuring an all round socio-economic and political growth. The New Year has created a hope in the minds of the people of the country that it will bring various benefits... The UT will regain its glory and prosperity, health and wealth,” said Rangasamy in the message.
Rangasamy, in the recent past, has come out strongly against the UPA government for not providing the UT with its “legitimate” share of funds, indirectly indicating that Centre was putting breaks on the progress and development of Puducherry. His Independence Day speech was also indicative of his disappointment.
He now visualises an opportunity for change in Puducherry’s fate after a change of leadership at the Centre. “All these days the UT has been tolerating these vested interests and waiting patiently with the hope that time will bring a change. The time has now come,” he said. “In the New Year there would be opportunities to showcase and prove unity and the power of the people to the world once again,” said Rangasamy in an apparent reference to Assembly polls where he was elected to power.
The participation of Rangasamy and his cabinet colleagues in a BJP-sponsored celebration to mark the birth annversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel two weeks back also raised eyebrows.
Rangasamy’s party is being wooed by all the major political parties but so far he has kept everyone guessing.