Cong Leaders Put in Papers over Defeat
By Express News service | Published: 25th May 2014 07:50 AM |
PUDUCHERRY: Pradesh Congress Committee president A V Subramanian and Opposition leader V Vaithilingam offered their resignations during the party’s executive committee meeting held here on Saturday. The duo assumed responsibility for the defeat of party candidate V Narayanasamy in the Lok Sabha elections.
The executive committee rejected their resignations. Narayanasamy, who was present at the meeting spoke to the two leaders and pacified them. The duo, however, insisted on resigning and said they would approach the party high command.
Speaking to Express, Subramanian confirmed that he and Vaithilingam had submitted their resignations at the closed-door meeting. Subramanian said he was resigning, taking responsibility for the party’s defeat in the UT. According to sources, Vaithilingam offered to step down as the party’s vote share in his Assembly constituency of Kamarajar Nagar was less than that of the winning candidate.
Subramanian added that the committee discussed the lapses that led to Narayanasamy’s defeat. “Congress workers were over-confident while the rival AINRC candidate garnered votes well towards the closing stages of the campaign. The AIADMK candidate, M V Omalingam, who polled over 1.30 lakh votes also made a dent in Congress’ chances,” he said.
The PCC chief added that the BJP did well in the elections with the support of the media and used it against the Congress by projecting issues such as price hike. But the Congress failed to project the achievements.
According to sources, Rajya Sabha MP P Kannan was not invited to the meeting. The PCC had already recommended action against Kannan for not campaigning for the party candidate. It might be recalled that supporters of Kannan had objected to the re-nomination of Narayanasamy.