Chennai, Mar 13 (): Congress leaders and Union ministers P Chidambaram, G K Vasan and party leaders Jayanthy Natarajan, EVKS Elangovan and K V Thangabalu have decided not to contest Lok Sabha elections.
Chidambaram instead wants to field his son Karti in Sivaganga. Later on, he might come back to Rajya Sabha if Congress wants him back. It is not just the TN Congress leaders but even Union ministers like Kapil Sibal and Manish Tiwari are opting out of the poll race.
The party has informally asked the senior leaders to pave way for youth and take an active role in campaigning. In Tamil Nadu, the situation looks difficult for Congress as it does have any ally. In 12 constituencies, it has a decisive vote share that can turn the tide. With the State going in for a five-cornered contest, the Congress vote share of 6% can be decisive for any party in the State.
The first indication is that it will be taking DMK as the first enemy as Vasan said that he would expose the DMK’s double standards of enjoying all the privileges of power in the company of the party at the Centre and now ditching it. Even after quitting the UPA, DMK sought and got Congress support along with DMDK’s tactical move to get Kanimozhi elected to RS. It played along hoping that DMK would be the poll ally.
Even though Karunanidhi is inclined towards Congress, Stalin who has taken over the reins has put his foot down. This is more so as his elder brother Alagiri (now suspended for anti-party activities) did not favour breaking ties with the national party. DMK has put the Sri Lanka issue at the top and Congress record in this issue has been poor. Congress on the other side would launch a blistering attack on 2G scam accused A Raja being re-nominated for LS poll. Dayanidhi Maran’s role in Aircel-Maxis deal and running a telephone exchange to help his brother’s Sun TV too would face heat as he is contesting from Central Chennai.