The internal strife in the state Congress unit worsened on Friday with loyalists of former union minister G K Vasan hitting back at the faction led by P Chidambaram, blaming the latter’s performance as the union minister for the party’s drubbing across the country.
The statement against Chidambaram came a day after his group members led by his son and Sivaganga candidate, Karti, sought the immediate removal of the TNCC president B S Gnanadesikan for Congress’s dismal performance in Tamil Nadu in the Lok Sabha election where 38 of the 39 candidates lost deposit.
According to the counter-allegation raised by those owing allegiance to Vasan and another former union minister E V K S Elangovan, price rise and inflation were the major contributing factors for the humiliating defeat that the party suffered in the election. “Everyone knows who was the finance minister,” said a statement issuedby them, holding Chidambaram responsible for the drubbing. The members also alleged that the hasty step to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh to create Telangana was also responsible for the defeat in the region where the party once held sway.
During the election campaign, they added, Chidambaram failed to campaign for anyone other than his son Karti from Sivaganga, responding to the charges that Gnanadesikan did not undertake any campaign tours.