BJP Puducherry in-charge Surana affirms continued alliance despite internal discord

The state government needs to focus on the satisfaction of the people, with the schemes of the Centre reaching the public, said Surana.
Nirmal Kumar Surana with with State President Sri S. Selvaganabathy and  Home Minister Sri Namassivayam.
Nirmal Kumar Surana with with State President Sri S. Selvaganabathy and Home Minister Sri Namassivayam.(Photo | X / Nirmal Kumar Surana)

PUDUCHERRY: Amidst the growing discord between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally All India N.R. Congress (AINRC), BJP Puducherry in-charge Nirmal Kumar Surana has asserted that the alliance will persist through the 2026 Assembly elections and beyond.

This statement comes in the wake of BJP legislators levelling serious charges against Chief Minister N. Rangasamy, attributing the party's recent electoral defeat to his governance.

Surana conducted discussions with party MLAs and independent MLAs supporting the BJP at the party office on Monday. The meeting aimed to address the dissatisfaction expressed by MLAs regarding governance by the AINRC-BJP government led by N Rangasamy, which they cited as the primary reason for the defeat in the lone Lok Sabha seat from Puducherry. The legislators warned that if the current situation continues, it could lead to a defeat in the 2026 Assembly elections.

A detailed analysis of the reasons behind the electoral defeat is underway, Surana informed reporters at the party office. "All views are taken into account, and we will definitely work to rectify the issues. The Puducherry government must perform while central ministries provide full support. The state government needs to focus more on performing to the satisfaction of the people, while the schemes of the Centre must reach the public and be properly publicised," he stated.

Surana emphasised that the matter is being taken seriously. Despite a scheduled appointment between him and the Chief Minister on Monday afternoon, following the conclusion of MLA's meeting,  it did not materialise. Surana said that due to time constraints, he could not meet the Chief Minister as he had to catch a flight from Chennai.

Nirmal Kumar Surana with with State President Sri S. Selvaganabathy and  Home Minister Sri Namassivayam.
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A National Democratic Alliance (NDA) meeting involving the Chief Minister, ministers, and MLAs of the ruling front will be held next week, he said while travelling to Chennai.

In sharp contrast to the views of MLAs, Surana attributed the defeat in the Puducherry Lok Sabha seat to "wrong" propaganda by the Congress and opposition, including negative publicity about the BJP's stance on the Constitution and others.

He said that it was the first time the BJP contested the seat very seriously in recent times. Though a win was expected, securing 2.89 lakh votes was a record for the party, achieved through extensive canvassing.

"The BJP symbol is new and not yet popular everywhere, as the party had only contested in only 10 constituencies in the Assembly elections. We are hearing out all views, analysing mistakes, and taking corrective measures," Surana said.

The people of Puducherry have sent a signal, Surana  said adding that the next two years would be spent working hard and reaching out to the populace. "Ministers and MLAs have been told to go to the people, reach out to them,  identify mistakes, and correct them," he added.

Surana clarified that the MLAs' meeting with BJP National President JP Nadda aimed to seek more support from the central government for development and denied that it was for other reasons.

Nirmal Kumar Surana with with State President Sri S. Selvaganabathy and  Home Minister Sri Namassivayam.
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