Union shipping minister G K Vasan opts out of Lok Sabha polls

Written By kom nampultig on Selasa, 11 Maret 2014 | 08.21

CHENNAI: Congressmen no longer seem to miss the writing on the wall in Tamil Nadu. Having been completely isolated in the elections in the state, Union shipping minister G K Vasan has opted out of the polls.

During a media interaction in Chennai on Tuesday, Vasan said he would instead campaign in all the 39 constituencies in Tamil Nadu, where Congress would field candidates. As on date, Congress is left without any ally in the state.

Vasan, a two-time Rajya Sabha MP, has never contested an election. With his RS term also coming to an end in June, if he does not contest the LS polls, he will have to resign to the option of doing politics outside the Parliament for the time being. Since he has a strained equation with Rahul Gandhi, he cannot expect to be elected to the RS from another state either.

Calling the present electoral alliances in Tamil Nadu opportunistic, Vasan said the hidden agendas of various parties would be known only after the polls. "These alliances have been formed with a myopic objective of tiding over polls. Leaders are interested only in securing plum posts for themselves," he said. Since they were formations of convenience, leaders lacked sincerity, he said.

In an apparent reference to DMK, which refused to tie up with Congress, Vasan said, "Those parties that had deserted Congress would repent after the polls". The welfare schemes introduced by the UPA government in the last 10 years would help Congress in the hustings, he claimed. Rahul would campaign in the state, he said.

Vasan had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday and expressed displeasure over the delay in AICC's finalizing the electoral strategy for Tamil Nadu.


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