CHENNAI: The Congress high command on Friday reshuffled the party’s district units in Tamil Nadu.
The total number of District Congress Committees (DCCs) has been increased to 72 from the present 61. Chennai West DCC has been divided into two-Chennai East and West.
All India Congress Committee general secretary and MP Janardan Dwivedi released the list of DCC presidents.
Except ‘Karate’ R Thiagarajan, who heads the Chennai South DCC, all the other three to head the DCCs in the city are newly-appointed. MS Dhiraviam has been appointed president of Chennai North replacing ‘Royapuram’ R Mano while Veerapandian replaced Rangabashyam, a supporter of former TNCC president EVKS Elangovan, as head of Chennai West. Shivarajasekaran has been posted as president of the newly created Chennai East district. Several of Elangovan’s supporters were said to have been removed from party posts.
Two sitting MLAs, R Ganesh (The Nilgiris) and Rajeshkumar (Kanniyakumari West) also figure in the list of DCC presidents. New DCCS have been created in Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Vellore, Krishnagiri, Villupuram, Namakkal, Tirupur, Pudukottai and Virudhunagar, apart from Chennai.
The revamp of DCC was pending for long since a proposal submitted by TNCC president S Thirunavukkarasar was put on hold. However, the issue came up for discussion when party vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited Chennai last week.