GK Vasan Quits Congress; Party Splits in Tamil Nadu

The Congress in Tamil Nadu split with senior leader G.K. Vasan announcing his decision to float a new party on Monday.

“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.

Meanwhile, according to reports, a congress leader said, “This has raised hopes in other parties and leaders who think they can create space for themselves in the state which was dominated by either the AIADMK or the DMK for close to half a century.” He added, “ This is the best opportunity to come their way. And this includes the BJP which is stands benefit the most from the situation in the state where it wants to set up its footprint.”

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.

(With inputs from IANS)


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