19 May 2016 Current Affairs: In a consolation win of sorts for Congress, which faced defeats in Assam and Kerala, the party in alliance with DMK has stormed to power in this tiny union territory, securing a simple majority of 17 in the 30-member assembly.
Congress avenged its defeat in the 2011 elections at the hands of AINRC founder N Rangasamy, who broke away from the national party to form his outfit and rode it to power, as the ruling party fell by the wayside bagging just eight seats.
Congress which contested 21 seats won in 15 seats. DMK emerged succesful in two segments, giving the combine a clear majority as it bucked initial trends of a close fight with the AINRC when counting of the votes polled in the May 16 assembly elections was taken up.
AIADMK, which contested the elections on its own, won four seats. Puducherry election result 2016 :
- Indian National Congress : 15
- All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam : 4
- All India N.R. Congress : 8
- Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam : 2
The PWA comprising DMDK, MDMK, CPI-M, CPI and RSP contested 28 constituencies but drew a blank so did the BJP, which had fielded candidates in all 30 seats.
With the Congress-DMK combine getting the majority mark, the focus will now shift to choosing the chief minister.