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V Narayanasamy: Propped up by Congress HQ, done in by BJP HQ

Outgoing Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy was propped by yesteryears’ Congress institution in Delhi however done in by Delhi’s new political order of the BJP. The downfall of the Congress regime in the Union Territory additionally means the social gathering would expertise a uncommon ‘power cut’ throughout south India.

It is not any coincidence that ‘Samy’ misplaced energy lower than three months after the demise of Ahmed Patel, his long-time handler. It advertises the generational dip in AICC’s craftsmanship in political administration throughout transition of energy from the Sonia institution to the ‘energetic talent-pool’ of Rahul Gandhi.

Compared to the warmth and mud Samy’s ‘coronation’ kicked up in Delhi in 2016, his resistance to his ouster was tame and colourless. In the post-poll days of 2016, many Congress MLAs, already in majority with backing of DMK and Independents, camped in Delhi to foyer for the CM publish. Though not an MLA, Samy pipped then PCC chief and CM face A Namasivayam by deftly engaged on his USP of being a loyalist of the Gandhi household. His perception into the working of the Congress system noticed him loyally domesticate 10 Janpath for blessings earlier than providing himself as a devoted soldier of the ‘General’ who lived on Mother Teresa Crescent Road. It had already earned him the important thing ministry of personnel in the UPA regime.

Unlike his Puducherry Congress rivals, Samy’s lengthy stint in Delhi’s energy corridors taught him to patronise. The CM used the talent to win over and domesticate MLAs who weren’t favourably inclined to him, although he alienated many senior Puducherry Congress leaders and their dominant Vanniyar caste.

A Gandhi household loyalist for round 50 years, Narayanasamy rose from very humble origins. He managed to impress Rajiv Gandhi, to earn his first Delhi break in the 80s, like many ‘seniors’ of the day. As the CM too he confirmed his loyalty when he as soon as dutifully held a pair of slippers for Rahul Gandhi after he needed to take off his footwear on a water-logged avenue.

Yet, behind such deceptively simpleton mannerisms, which incorporates greeting anybody with an “enna Sare, namaskaram”, lies a shrewd politician who knew learn how to survive till he met lieutenant governor Kiran Bedi, whom the Modi regime had picked to quarantine him off the ‘avenues of patronage’ for which Puducherry politics was recognized for. With the CM encircled by the L-G, and his Delhi connections vanishing below the saffron institution, it was only a matter of time earlier than his in-house rivals jumped ship. The Centre coordinated the strikes by changing Bedi with Tamilisai Soundararajan to destroy Samy’s ‘anti-Bedi’ plank and supply Puducherry with a style of a ‘Tamil-flavoured’ central rule in the run up to the April-May meeting polls. It leaves Narayanasamy and the Congress with the duties of getting ready for elections in opposition to a tactical formation comprising the All India NR Congress, BJP and AIADMK, amid the social gathering’s difficult ties with the Vanniyars and with competing ally DMK for firm. For Narayanasamy, the meeting polls current a battle he should battle alone with out his ‘made-in-Delhi’ armour. But belief him to go for the final throw of the cube by enjoying the sympathy card, post-toppling.

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