TNCC Chief Denies Rift, Defends Decision to Go it Alone in Poll

Published: 08th June 2014 07:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th June 2014 07:59 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Denying any bad blood with dissident leaders in the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee even as a small chunk of functionaries missed the party’s district head level meeting, TNCC president Gnanadesikan on Saturday called for a constructive outlook towards the future after the crushing Lok Sabha poll defeat.

Dismissing the lack of any pact with regional parties as the reason for the TNCC’s defeat, Gnanadesikan said, “Standing alone in the election helped consolidate the party’s forces in the State. There were minor factors that need to be considered, such as the lack of strong booth committee network.”

During the meeting, which was attended by 80 district level leaders, 16 resolutions were passed, including those on Mullaiperiyar Dam and the Lankan Tamils issue.

The TNCC president called for a complete ban on sale of liquor in the State. He suggested that there should be some kind of truck between parties that support prohibition. However, no effort has been made yet to build such synergies, he added.

Another resolution demanded that the government construct dams in the Cauvery delta region to prevent the river water from draining into the sea. “The Congress changed its line on the dams as District Congress Committee leaders from Perambalur, Ariyalur, Tanjore and Tiruchy were strongly in favour of them,” he said.

Going forward, Congress scion Rahul Gandhi’s birthday and K Kamaraj’s birth anniversary will be celebrated in a grand manner by the TNCC, he said, adding: “We will also construct two statues at the Sathyamoorthy Bhavan, one for Kamaraj and another for his mentor Sathyamoorthy.”

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