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The Puducherry Assembly has passed a resolution unanimously on Friday seeking full statehood for Puducherry. This is the 14th time that a statehood resolution for the Union Territory (UT) has been passed in the Assembly.
The resolution was tabled by DMK legislators including the leader of the opposition in the assembly, Siva, and independent legislator Nehru on the last day of the budget session of the Puducherry Assembly, which began on March 9.
BJP’s Home Minister Namachivayam stated that “Prime Minister Modi has verbally ordered the Ministry of Home Affairs to finalize all the files from Puducherry state, and all the files are being approved quickly.” Meanwhile, Chief Minister Rangaswamy emphasized the need for statehood, saying that “there is a lot of embarrassment in implementing the welfare of the people. Statehood is the only solution for this. As all the party legislators have spoken unanimously in this assembly.”
In addition, DMK MLA Anibal withdrew an individual resolution seeking to declare Tirukkuralai as a national book. Following this, Speaker Selvam announced the adjournment of the Puducherry Legislative Assembly’s budget session indefinitely.