The Union Territory of Puducherry has celebrated its 59th anniversary of the “De-Jure” day on 16th August. The Puducherry administration organized a function at the Keezhoor memorial where the referendum was signed to mark the occasion. So on that day, the “De-Jure” (The Legal Merger of the UT with the Indian Union) was effected.
Puducherry became independent by virtue of a referendum on October 18, 1954. But the treaty of cession signed between the French and Indian governments was ratified by the French Parliament only on August 16, 1962. The referendum was taken on October 18, 1954, on whether to remain in the French regime or to merge with the Indian union.
As many 178 representatives participated in the referendum in which 170 voted in favour of a merger with India and 8 against it. The referendum was taken at Keezhoor near Villianur here and to commemorate the occasion a memorial was constructed at Keezhoor.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Chief Minister of Puducherry: PV. Narayanasamy.
- Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry: Kiran Bedi.