Hours after the Congress high command appointed E V K S Elangovan as its Tamil Nadu unit chief on Saturday, senior party leader G K Vasan hit out at the leadership and indicated that he could break away from the party and revive the Tamil Manila Congress floated by his late father in the mid-1990s.
The former Union minister’s revolt in Chennai came as a rude jolt to the Congress, which is desperately trying to revive itself after the Lok Sabha elections defeat.
Vasan targeted the AICC after it accepted the resignation of his camp follower B N Gnanadesikan as the TNCC chief.
Gnanadesikan’s resignation was the first sign of revolt by the Vasan camp. “I will announce my next plan of action on November 3,” said Vasan, who has been holding meetings with his supporters to plan the next move.
Raising the “Valamana Tamilagam, Valimayana Bharatham (prosperous Tamil Nadu, vibrant India)” slogan coined during the founding of the Tamil Manila Congress by his father G K Moopanar, Vasan left no doubt about his plans. “In Tamil Nadu, the movement (Congress) can be strengthened only by invoking the legacy of Kamaraj and Moopanar,” he said in an apparent reference to the tussle between his camp and the AICC over the Vasan-controlled state unit’s decision to emboss photographs of Moopanar and Kamaraj in the membership cards.
The AICC had shot down the idea as it wanted uniformity in all states.
The decision had infuriated party workers, he said. “AICC’s deeds in the past several years have been against the mood of the cadre,” Vasan said.