Pondy Congress MLAs meet Sonia Gandhi

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Puducherry, July 1: The opposition Congress legislators of Puducherry met AICC leader Sonia Gandhi on their first visit to the national capital after the April 13 Assembly polls and briefed her on the current political scenario in the Union Territory.

E Valsaraj, one of the legislators who met the Congress chief, told PTI over phone today (Jul 1) that while four of the seven legislators, including former Chief Minister V Vaithilingam, had met Gandhi, he met her.

"I have discussed the political scenario prevailing in Puducherry and have also sought guidance of the high command on the future course of action," he said.

Referring to Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy's meeting in New Delhi with Gandhi on June 22, Valsaraj said it was "indeed amusing" that Rangasamy, who had broken away from the Congress to float the All India NR Congress, had been "busy wooing the Congress."

Rangasamy's meeting with Gandhi only confirmed he was keen on securing the support of his former party, which has seven MLAs in the Puducherry Assembly, said Valsaraj.

Rangasamy's AINRC won 15 of 30 seats in Puducherry in alliance with AIADMK in the assembly elections.

He needs one more seat to gain a majority on his own in the Assembly. As of now, Independent legislator V M C Shivakumar from Neravy TR Pattinam has pledged his support to the Rangasamy government. He said the Congress legislators would return to Puducherry on Saturday, Jul 2.

PTI

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