PUDUCHERRY: The Puducherry Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president A Namassivayam, along with senior party functionaries, will leave for Delhi on Tuesday, where he will call on AICC president Sonia Gandhi.
This is Namassivayam’s first visit to meet AICC president, after assuming charge as PCC president. AICC general secretary and former Union Minister V Narayanasamy, and other leaders, all part of the delegation, would call on AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi and AICC general secretary Mukul Wasnik, who is in-charge on Puducherry, too.
Though the meeting was said to be a courtesy call, it assumes significance as the PCC president has been changed with an eye on the next elections to the Legislative Assembly in 2016. Some discussions on the political scenario and the issues concerning the party were likely to come up for discussion. The party was faced with defection of three MLAs-Malladi Krishna Rao representing Yanam, C Jayakumar (Mangalam) and PNR Thirumurugan (Karaikal North). Besides, the party hardly has any presence in Bahour constituency, where its former MLA shifted to AINRC and got elected as the Lok Sabha member.
A new block Congress president B Pavadai was appointed for Bahour constituency on July 15. He has moved from AINRC to Congress, said Namassivayam.
However, the Yanam block Congress was non-exstent with all the members supporting Malladi Krishna Rao resigning and joining AINRC.