Congress heading for split in Tamil Nadu?
Chennai: Toughening his stance against the Congress high command, former Union shipping minister G K Vasan on Saturday gave ample indications of breaking away from the party and reviving the erstwhile Tamil Maanila Congress.
"I will announce my next plan of action on November 3," he told reporters here after holding consultations for the second day with his supporters, which included former MLAs Vellore Gnanasekaran and Vidiyal Sekar.
Raising the "Valamana Tamilagam, Valimayana Bharatham," (prosperous Tamil Nadu, vibrant India) slogan coined during the founding of Tamil Maanila Congress in 1996 by his father G K Moopanar, Vasan left none in doubt about his next plan.
"In Tamil Nadu, the movement (Congress) can be strengthened only by invoking the legacy of Kamaraj and Moopanar," he said in an obvious reference to the tussle with the high command over the issue of membership cards.
He and his supporters like Gnanadesikan, who quit as TNCC chief had alleged that the high command had not allowed them to use images of Kamaraj and Moopanar in the cards.
The high command has, however, denied this. Describing the situation arising out of the resignations of his followers Gnanadesikan and treasurer Covai Thangam as "abnormal," Vasan said even after this, the AICC's denial to "allegations" were "unacceptable."
"I express with grief the wrong political approach (done) in the name of very important leaders of the party," he said in a reference to the high command not towing the line of his group in the party on issues, including membership cards.
The controversy over images of Congress icons Kamaraj and Moopanar on the cards had infuriated party workers, he alleged.
"AICC's deeds in the past several years have been against the mood of the cadres, be it party affairs or on key issues concerning Tamil Nadu people," he said.
Though this was communicated to the high command the response was not in tune with strenghtening the party, he said.
"Especially, post the Lok Sabha debacle, the AICC had ignored the Tamil Nadu Congress committee and as a result the party apparatus is in a lull."