TN Congress Brass Complains to Rahul on Azad-MK Meeting - The New Indian Express

TN Congress Brass Complains to Rahul on Azad-MK Meeting

Published: 19th January 2014 07:45 AM

Last Updated: 19th January 2014 08:17 AM

Cut-up Congress leaders from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Saturday expressed displeasure to party vice president Rahul Gandhi on the recent meeting between Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and DMK chief M Karunanidhi in Chennai and urged that the State Congress unit be taken into confidence before taking any such major decisions in the future.

This was delivered to  Rahul Gandhi when he met Pradesh Congress leaders of various states at 24, Akbar Road in New Delhi.

Highly placed sources in the Congress confirmed that the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) was not consulted by high command on Azad’s meeting with Karunanidhi that took place in Chennai on January 9.

In fact, a senior leader said Azad’s appointment with Karunanidhi was fixed by former TNCC president K V Thangabalu. Apparently, current president B S Gnanadesikan was kept in dark about the meeting.

On Saturday, the issue resonated in New Delhi with a former minister from Puducherry questioning how such an important meeting with another party could take place without the knowledge of the Pradesh Congress. A source said the Puducherry member was cheered by representatives from Tamil Nadu when the comment was made.

Usually, the Congress prefers similar allies in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and any move made here has its effect in the politics of the Union Territory as well.

The source also said that Gnanadesikan too conveyed his displeasure and wanted the high command to ensure that the State president of the party was taken into confidence before arriving at crucial decisions.

In reply, Rahul Gandhi is said to have assured that such incidents would not recur.

The meeting between Azad and Karunanidhi came as a shock to some in the TNCC as many in the party believed that the snap in ties with the DMK had boosted the morale of the cadre. The high-profile meeting, however, led to confusion in the rank.

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