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Tamil Nadu Congress says GK Vasan out of trust running assets

PTI 07 Nov 2014, 12:02:21 PM IST

Chennai: Former Union Minister GK Vasan is out of a trust that runs party properties, including State headquarters Satyamurthy Bhavan which was under Tamil Maanila Congress's control during 1996-2002, a senior Congress leader said.

When Vasan's father GK Moopanar founded Tamil Maanila Congress in 1996 after breaking away from Congress, the sprawling Satyamurthy Bhavan premises here was under his outfit's possession till it was merged with Congress in 2002.

Against this background, there was speculation whether history will repeat itself and if the property will go under the possession of Vasan's to-be floated party.
Vasan is one of the four trustees of Tamil Nadu Congress Charitable Trust (TNCCT) that administers party properties Satyamurthy Bhavan, the Congress grounds in Teynampet and Kamarajar Arangam.

Former Union Ministers Jayanthi Natarajan, Sudarsana Natchiappan and former MLA D Yasoda are the other trustees.

"As per trust byelaws, Vasan's role as a trustee got automatically terminated the moment he was expelled by party," senior Congress leader and trustee, TNCCT, D Yasoda said.

A four time MLA and also a State party working committee member, she said being a party member is a non-negotiable eligibility norm "a sine qua non" for both "appointment and continuation" as a trustee.

"Satyamurthy Bhavan is Congress party's property and let there be no doubt that it will remain so." She also said that "the CWC decides trustees. The chosen ones are later approved and appointed by party president."

Asked if a new trustee will be appointed in the place of Vasan, she said "there is no immediate need for it, however, the party will look into it."

Asked for his comment on the issue, Vasan declined to say anything.