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first_imgPuducherry, May 28 (PTI) After being in politics for over three decades, AICC General Secretary and former Union Minister V Narayansamys dream of donning the chief ministers mantle has now come true.The 69-year-old Narayanasamy, who had served as Minister of State in the Prime Ministers Office in the second UPA government after serving as MoS Parliamentary Affairs in UPA-I, did not contest the May 16 assembly polls and will now have to seek election to the Puducherry legislature in a bypoll.There was hectic competition between Narayanasamy and PCC president A Namassivayam, who was elected for a second consecutive term, for the post of Chief Minister.But Narayanasamy had the last laugh when he was announced legislature party leader after a meeting of the partys newly- elected MLAs with senior Congress leaders Mukul Wasnik and Sheila Dikshit here.The two were camping in Delhi after the poll results were announced on May 16 holding talks with the party high command, and there was delay in ministry formation because of the tussle.Of the 21 seats it contested, Congress bagged 15 in the 30-member territorial assembly while its ally DMK secured two.Narayansamy, a confidant of former Chief Minister, late P Shanmugham who groomed him in politics, has been in the Congress braving all odds and difficulties the party faced.A former Rajya Sabha member for three terms, he had established close contact with the high command during his tenure as Minister of State in PMO in UPA-II.Following his election to the Lok Sabha in 2009, he had also come close to the top brass at the Centre.advertisementAlthough, he was defeated in the Lok Sabha polls in 2014 by ruling AINRC here, he persisted in consolidating the Congress and his dream to come back to state politics and don the Chief Ministers mantle has now come true.A law graduate, Narayanasamy did legal practice for more than ten years since 1973 and jumped into active politics in 1985 and was elected for the first time to Rajya Sabha and retained for the RS seat in 1991.However, he was defeated in the contest for the RS seat in 1997 by DMK and regained the seat only in 2003.When he was PCC president in 2007, he proved his organisational capability constituting committees at the booth and block levels.Now, Narayanasamy has to get himself elected to the legislature and has the unenviable task of uniting partymen in the union territory. PTI COR BN SUA SUAlast_img

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