Tamil Nadu: Former Union minister G K Vasan quits Congress, floats new party
Chennai: Former Union Minister G K Vasan has finally resigned from the Congress party.
He has also announced his decision to float a new political party.
"The people are looking for an alternative. We want to give an alternative in Tamil Nadu," Vasan told reporters.
He said the new party's name and flag will be announced at the party's conference to be held in Trichy this month.
"Steps will be taken to register the party with the Election Commission," he said.
Several leaders of the Tamil Nadu Congress party like Peter Alphonse, B.S. Gnanadesikan and others have joined Vasan.
Vasan said the All India Congress Committee did not act as per "our expectations" so that a Congress government could be formed in the state.
He said for 48 years the Congress party is not in power in the state and the party has a vote share of more than five percent in the state.
"We will give preference to the problems faced by the state," Vasan said about the party's focus.
He said the party would follow the path laid by late Congress leaders K. Kamaraj and G.K. Moopanar.
To a query, Vasan said he had campaigned for the party in all the 39 constituencies during the recent Lok Sabha elections.
Tamil Nadu Congress chief E.V.K.S. Elangovan, however, told reporters that the party will not be affected by Vasan's exit.
In one sense, history repeated itself for Congress in Tamil Nadu today as Vasan did something that his father G K Moopanar resorted to 17 years ago.
Sulking over the Congress decision to forge electoral truck with AIADMK, Moopanar, a veteran and influential leader of Congress, came out of the party and floated the Tamil Manila Congress (TMC) in 1996.
However, after his death, TMC merged with Congress in 2002.