Puducherry: Narayanasamy sticks to his words

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Puducherry, Sep 9: Union Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs V Narayanasamy said he stood by his statement that opposition parties be treated as 'enemy' parties and he was prepared to face more complaints against him, if any.

Addressing the press here, Mr Narayanasamy said he did not want to go into the issue of CPI National Council Member R Viswanathan writing a letter to President Prathiba Patil seeking to register cases against him on charges of instigating violence. However, he clarified he spoke at the PCC office on the particular day as a Congress worker and not as Union Minister.

As a Congressman it was his duty to boost cadre morale and claimed the statement would not spark violence.

He only meant the Opposition parties should be weakened.The Congress had already proven it was the number one party here, he claimed.

Mr Narayanasami said he was committed to strengthen the Congress in the Union Territory and if Party Chief Sonia Gandhi asked him, he would 'throw away his Minister's post' and work for party development here.

To a question, whether the Congress would seek to contest the Puducherry Lok Sabha seat which was given to the PMK in the last elections,Mr Narayanasamy said in the past 11 elections, the Congress won the seat nine times.

When Ms Gandhi decided to allow the PMK to contest, the seat was given to it in the last elections which decision was accepted by all.

On the next Parliament election,the alliance talks would soon begin and the party high command would take a decision on whether the Congress should contest the seat,he said.

UNI

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