EYEING the Assembly elections in 2016, former Congress leader G K Vasan revived Tamil Manila Congress (Moopanar) at Trichy Friday. Vasan along with his followers had quit the Congress on November 3 citing lack of democracy in the state unit.
Addressing a massive rally which was participated by nearly one lakh people at Trichy, Vasan said his party will emerge as a dominant force in the state politics. He said his party was the need of the hour and that it will work for a prosperous future of Tamil Nadu and to strengthen the country.
Former Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president B S Gnanadesikan, senior congress leader who joined the Vasan camp, Peter Alphonse, two MLAs and a few former MPs took part in the public meeting.
Vasan was introduced to politics by his father G K Moopanar at a party conference held at Trichy in 1996, the year Moopanar floated TMC in protest against Congress central leadership’s decision to strike an alliance with AIADMK without consulting the state party. After Moopanar’s death, Vasan himself merged TMC with the Congress in 2002. When Moopanar floated the party in 1996, it was a gesture against the alliance with AIADMK, which was facing a series of corruption charges and he had the support of 20 MPs and senior Congress leaders, including P Chidambaram and Jayanti Natarajan. While the Vasan camp claims the support of at least 25 out of 50 Pradesh Congress Committees in the state, not many senior leaders except Gnanadesikan, Alphonse and former Union minister S R Balasubramaniam have joined the new party.
Addressing the crowd, Alphonse said the new party has a greater significance in Tamil Nadu at a time when leading state parties are facing serious corruption charges.