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Rangasamy is Pudhuchery CM

Puduchery,May16 (): 61-year old Rangasamy, chief of All India NR Congress, was administered oath of office by Lt Governor Iqbal Singh at the Raj Nivas here, making him the 18th Chief Minister of the tiny Union Territory of Pudhuchery.

No other ministers were sworn in along with Rangasamy who had earlier headed Congress Governments from 2001-06 and 2006-08 when he was unceremoniously removed by the party high command following a revolt by his cabinet colleagues. Taking a sweet revenge on Congress, Rangasamy broke ranks with the party a few months before the polls floated his own party. His new party on its own bagged 15 seats. Its ally AIADMK won five seats to give a two-thirds majority to the combine in the 30-member Assembly.

Congress could win only seven seats and its ally DMK two. Independent MLA V M C Sivakumar, a DMK rebel, has extended his support to AINRC, enabling it to command a simple majority of 16 in the assembly.

Drawn to politics during his student days inspired by late Kamaraj, Rangasamy, a lawyer by profession, unsuccessfully contested elections from Thattanchavadi in 1990.

But he made it in his second attempt in 1991 after the DMK-Janata Dal coalition ministry fell. He never backed from then onwards.

Born on August 4, 1950, he became the first Vanniyar Chief Minister of the union territory where the Vanniyars were a dominant section in 2001. Before that he was a minister in Vaidialingam ministry in 1991.

He became Agriculture and PWD Minister in 1991 and was the PWD Minister in the P Shanmugham Government in 2001.

He has now contested the Assembly polls from two segments: Indira Nagar and Kadirkamam which were carved out of Thattanchavady constituency. This is the first time that a candidate has sought elections from two segments simultaneously.

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