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Pondicherry Political Background

The political history of Pondicherry is of the very short span and glorified after the advent of colonial powers like Dutch, Portuguese, English and the French. French East India Company annexed the nearby places and became the Union territory of India after independence. In 1946, the French India Congress was formulated in order to integrate the French possessions with India. INC won the 1967 General Elections by bagging the only seat in Pondicherry then AIADMK and INC have ruled the Pondicherry alternatively till 1998 when Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) broke INC’s legacy and won the solely available seat in the General Elections. Later INC again took back its reign and remained to be the most dominant party in the state.

Major Political Parties of Pondicherry

The Indian National Congress, Bharatiya Janta Party, DMK, Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), All India NR Congress (AINRC), India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).

The Legislature

The legislation of Pondicherry is unicameral comprising of one house only.

State Legislative Assembly

The State Assembly of Pondicherry was established in 1963 and comprises of 30 assembly constituencies serves for a period of five years unless dissolved earlier. Out of all constituencies five are reserved for the Scheduled Caste candidates and is headed by the Chief Minister.

Pondicherry Assembly Elections 2016- An Overview

Indian National Congress has been monopolizing Puducherry’s political system since decades. The same thing was showcased during the Pondicherry Assembly Elections 2016. The election was held on 16 May for all 30 constituencies of the union territory. The voter turnout was better than expected. Indian National Congress grabbed the majority and formed the government again. While the AINRC was reduced to eight seats, the DMK and AIADMK secured two and four respectively.

Upcoming Elections

Pondicherry has always been Congress dominant territory; it is one of the few places in the country where Congress has succeeded to retain its reign. BJP in a rally in Pondicherry remarked critically against Congress and cleared its motive to break the INC’s monopoly. BJP would surely eye for next government in Pondicherry in upcoming elections.

Quick facts for Pondicherry Elections

Parliamentary Constituencies1
Assembly Constituencies 30
Chief MinisterShri. V. Narayanasamy
GovernorKiran Bedi
Ruling PartyIndian National Congress
Leader of the OppositionShri N. Rangasamy
High Court of JudicaturePondicherry
Chief Electoral OfficerDr. V. Candavelou, I.A.S.
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