Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy did not speak at the National Development Council meeting and left the meeting early and was not present when his name was called to present his address, said Union Minister of State for PMO V Narayanasamy. This comes at a time when other Chief Ministers were raising issues about the insufficiency of time allotted to speak at the meet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.
Narayanasamy while speaking at the Congress party office here on the occasion of party’s foundation day celebrations said that Rangasamy did not even bother to tell the Prime Minister to adopt his written speech. “Without speaking, he has done his duty for the Union Territory,” ridiculed Narayanasamy.
Further, he scoffed at Rangasamy for not seeking funds for Puducherry at the meet when the UT was in a financial crisis. “Does the Chief Minister expect funds to come by sitting at Thilaspet (Rangasamy’s residence),” asked Narayanasamy.
With several industries closed down, declining tourism and unsatisfactory law and order situation, revenue to the government was affected. Under such circumstances, the CM should have put forth his plea for funds at the meet, he said.Narayanasamy added that he regretted playing a leading role in Rangasamy becoming the Chief Minister for the first time in 2001. “He does not have a vision for the development of the UT,” he said. Interestingly, the CM’s office had released the text of CM’s address at the NDC in to media persons on Thursday.