Chennai, April 7(BPNS)
Senior Congress leader and former Chief minister V Narayanaswami has expressed confidence that the high voter turn out in Puducherry is a positive factor for the Congress party. In Puducherry the voter turnout has touched 81.64 percent after showing trends of touching 90 percent in the morning session. Yanam recorded the highest percentage of 91.27 while Rajbhavan was at the lowest with 73.24 percent.
Narayanaswami while speaking to BPNS said, “The higher voter turnout in a Puducherry is a clear indication that people are with the Congress party and our promises of loan rebate and government jobs have received a great response for the party in the state.”
In Puduhcerry, the Congress party has suffered a severe jolt after several senior leaders including Namasivayam, minister in the Narayanaswami cabinet quit the party and joined BJP straight away.
The Congress,DMK combine were campaigning extensively against the communal overtures of the BJP led front and the Congress is expecting that the grass root issues between All India NR Congress cadres and BJP,AIADMK cadres may work in their favour. It is to be noted that while Union home minister Amit Shah had openly endorsed a BJP chief minister for Puducherry after elections, the party had to finally settle on AINRC leader and former Chief minister N Rangaswamy as the CM candidate if the NDA wrests power. This was announced after the NR congress was in a revolt mode against the BJP leadership. The Congress expects that this would work in its favour.
Narayanaswami while speaking to BPNS said ,”We had fought the election against religious and communal elements and even several parties which are with the BJP in the NDA are not happy with the policies and programmes of them.”.
The BJP leadership is however unfazed by the claims of the Congress and party state president Swaminathan while speaking to BPNS said,” The BJP and other parties of the NDA will do extremely good in the elections and there is no problem between BJP and other coalition partners. We are heading for a resounding victory.”