Finding 39 candidates for Tamil Nadu is proving to be an uphill task for the Congress which is fighting a lonely battle in the State with no political ally. And that seems to be the reason why the party top-brass tried to persuade senior leaders and sitting MPs, including Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, not to shy away from the polls.
But Chidabaram, it seems, has advised the Congress leadership to convert the challenge into an opportunity. A top party leader coming out of a meeting of the Central Election Committee said that the FM “was not agreeable, he’s in retirement mode, wanted the next generation to take over the mantle.’’
It seems, Chidambaram during the discussion said: ‘Why field the same tired faces, why not try something new.’ His son, Karti Chidambaram’s name has been doing the rounds as a replacement for him in Sivaganga constituency.
Meanwhile, in Salem, speculations as to whether former Salem MP and former Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president KV Thangkabalu will contest from Salem or not were laid to rest on Monday as the leader has decided not seek election this time. The decision comes a few days after senior Congress leader G K Vasan announced that he would not contest in the polls.
Veteran parliamentarian and Union Minister for PMO V Narayanasamy will contest the Puducherry Lok Sabha seat once again, after he has been named by the AICC as its candidate for Puducherry on Thursday evening. (With Inputs from Salem, Puducherry)