Chennai | Dealing a blow to the struggling Congress, its senior leader and former union minister G K Vasan today quit the party and announced his decision to float a new outfit in Tamil Nadu. Blaming those who were entrusted with the affairs of Congress in Tamil Nadu for failing in their duty to strengthen the party, Vasan announced at a crowded press conference here that he and his supporters have decided to resign from Congress.
We are starting a new party. The name of the new party and its symbol would be announced soon at a rally to be held in Tiruchi shortly, he said. Vasan said the approach of AICC in Tamil Nadu was not satisfactory in achieving its goal which prompted him to resign from the party. To achieve the goal in Tamil Nadu, there should be a different direction, a different approach from AICC, which we are not satisfied.
We are having a new path…. we feel it will be a victory path, he said in stout defence of his new move. The decision by Vasan to disassociate from Congress, brings to end to his 14 yearlong association with the grand old party following the merger of Tamil Manila Congress floated by his father G K Moopanar. Former Tamil Nadu unit Congress president B S Gnanadesikan, who resigned the party post last week was also present with Vasan.
Making his ambitions clear, Vasan said, We want to lead, be the number one regional party and an alternative political party to Tamil Nadu people and we feel we can fulfil the vision of the late Kamaraj. We are going in the right direction. Promising a new path, he said the youth in Tamil Nadu are today looking for a new political culture, which his party was confident of fulfilling. Democracy, secularism, inclusive growth, social justice, transparent and efficient governance would be the objectives of the new party.
Stressing that his outfit’s priority would be the welfare of the people of Tamil Nadu, he said it would follow the path of late Congress leaders Kamaraj and his father G K Moopanar. We hope the people will support us as they supported Moopanar. A date for Tiruchi meet will be announced in a few days. Blaming AICC for having no yardstick to gauge merit, he, however, hastened to clarify that he was not referring to Congress top guns Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, but only those responsible for the affairs of the party in Tamil Nadu.
I am thankful to them. We have taken this decision after getting the feedback of lakhs of Congress cadres in Tamil Nadu and also leaders of Congress party in Tamil Nadu. We have sent in our resignations, he said. To a query on the functioning of AICC, visavis the state unit, he said, As I told you, the decisions should have been taken faster in the interest of the party, merit should be considered on the right time. If it (merit) is considered even a little late, then it does not bear fruit.
History repeated itself for Congress in Tamil Nadu today when its senior leader G K Vasan broke away from the party to float a new outfit, an action his father G K Moopanar resorted to 17 years ago. Sulking over the Congress decision to forge electoral truck with AIADMK, Moopanar, a veteran and influential leader of Congress, came out of the party and floated the Tamil Manila Congress (TMC) in 1996. However, after his death, TMC merged with Congress in 2002. Vasan, who spent 14 years in Congress, today announced that he would float a new party in Tamil Nadu to bring back the Kamaraj rule, another revered leader of the state. We want to ensure Kamaraj rule in Tamil Nadu, Vasan said.
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