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Puducherry declares holiday in schools in view of traffic diversions during PM Modi's visit today

Puducherry Education Department has declared a holiday in all private and government schools in view of traffic diversions made for PM Narendra Modi's visit tomorrow in the Union Territory.

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New Delhi Updated on: February 25, 2021 0:01 IST
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(File photo) Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 66th Convocation Ceremony of IIT Kharagpur through video conferencing, in New Delhi.

Puducherry Education Department has declared a holiday in all private and government schools in view of traffic diversions made for PM Narendra Modi's visit tomorrow in the Union Territory.

The Prime Minister will address a public meeting organised by the BJP and also inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development projects for the poll-bound UT.

Earlier in the day, the Union Cabinet approved a proposal to impose President's Rule in Puducherry, days after a Congress-led government in the union territory lost power during a vote of confidence.

Announcing the Cabinet decision, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters that the decision was taken as no party came forward to stake claim to form the government in Puducherry following the resignation of the chief minister V Narayanasamy.

Subsequently, the Lieutenant Governor had recommended President's Rule there and the Union Cabinet has approved the same, the minister said.

After the President's assent, the assembly will be dissolved, Javadekar said, while adding that further necessary steps for administrative work in Puducherry would be taken soon.

He also noted that the model code of conduct was expected to come into effect soon after the Election Commission announces the dates for elections there, along with four states.

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Narayanasamy, who led the Congress government, resigned on Monday ahead of the confidence vote after his government was reduced to a minority following a spate of resignations of his party MLAs and a DMK legislator in recent days.

Meanwhile, in Puducherry, Narayanasamy cautioned the voters against supporting the alliance comprising BJP, AINRC and AIADMK in the coming assembly polls and claimed these parties would have no qualms to merge the Union Territory with Tamil Nadu.

Addressing party workers during a demonstration, he said, "my government was toppled through undemocratic and scrupulous designs and the conspiracy hatched by the BJP in coordination with the AINRC and AIADMK."

(With inputs from PTI)

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