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Day after polls,19 Cong ‘rebels’ expelled

Polling for the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections may be over,but the fight has only begun in the state unit of the Congress party

Polling for the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections may be over,but the fight has only begun in the state unit of the Congress party.

A day after the rest of the parties hit the hibernation mode,as many as 19 Congress members were expelled for working against the party’s interest in the elections.

Those expelled included ‘Karate’ R Thiagarajan and former MLA S Ve Shekher,both serious contenders for the Mylapore Assembly seat that eventually TNCC president K V Thangkabalu contested after much drama.

The way in which Thangkabalu cornered the ticket — his wife was first announced as the party candidate,but she submitted an incomplete nomination form which led to him,the dummy candidate,being made the official nominee — had raised a furore in the state unit.

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At least a few of the protesters worked against the Congress president during campaigning,and if rumours are to be believed,his chances of winning from Mylapore is quite bleak.

Hitting back at the detractors,Thangkabalu expelled Congress members who led the campaign against him,and also a few from the districts. This includes a few office-bearers from the youth wing too.