More trouble for the Congress? Vasan hints at reviving Tamil Manila Congress
news Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | November 1, 2014 | 03:20 pm IST There seems to be some fresh trouble brewing in the Congress party, this time from Tamil Nadu. GK Vasan, former union shipping minister has hinted at the revival of the Tamil Manila Congress (TMC), a breakaway faction of the Indian National Congress, launched by his father GK Moopanar in 1996, which later merged back with the INC in 2002. Vasan's hint at reviving the TMC came a day after B.S. Gnanadesikan, known to be from the Vasan camp, quit as the Tamil Nadu Congress chief. Vasan told reporters that though he was thankful to Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, he will ask the cadres about their opinion on leaving the party and will announce his decision on November 3. Meanwhile Gnanadesikan has lashed out at the coterie around Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for slowly destroying the party state after state. He also refused to agree with Digvijay Singh's take that Rahul Gandhi should head the Congress. "No. He has to change a lot to take the reins of Congress", said Gnanadesikan. He also said Rahul is not matured enough to be the party president. It is not just Gnanadesikan but TNCC's Vice President Gnanasekaran who suggested a possible revival of the TMC. Gnanasekaran told Tamil News Channel Thanthi TV that the revival of the Tamil Manila Congress was inevitable. While resigning as the TNCC Chief on Friday B.S. Gnanadesikan charged former union minister P.Chidambaram with playing a solo role. Chidambaram has not visited the party office for the past three months and has held some meetings on his own, Gnanadesikan alleged.