With farmers on agenda, Rahul seeds Cong revival in TN and AP

Congress leader attends rally in Trichy and going to Karnataka tomorrow

shivani

Shivani Chaturvedi | July 23, 2015 | Chennai


#rahul Gandhi   #congress   #cong   #tamil nadu   #farmers   #assembly elections  

The countdown to the 2016 assembly elections began in Tamil Nadu with the byelection to RK Nagar, where chief minister J Jayalalithaa contested and won with a huge margin. The impending assembly election has triggered visits of high-profile national figures and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is first on the list.

He came to Trichy or Tiruchirappalli today and met farmers in the area. Discussions with the farmers included the land bill that has led to a raging debate between the NDA government at the centre and opposition. The visit is being sold as part of Rahul’s tour of southern states where he will meet farmers’ families in Karnataka and undertake padayatra in Andhra Pradesh tomorrow (Friday). However, the visit is more for the survival of the Congress party in TN and to retain the legacy of K Kamaraj.

Gandhi scion addressed a rally in Trichy held as part of the celebrations of the birth anniversary of party stalwart Kamaraj.  His programme is designed to counter the influence extended by his former party lader GK Vasan, who quit Congress to revive his father GK Moopnar’s Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) last November.

Chennai-based political commentator BR Haran feels that given the present condition of the Congress party which is nowhere in the state, Rahul Gandhi’s visit is of little consequence. “Rahul Gandhi cannot bring votes to the party in Tamil Nadu,” says Haran. He feels that this visit is to counter Vasan’s move as Congress is keen to retain political capital of Kamaraj, which Vasan's TMC is staking claim. Trichy is the place where Vasan revived the TMC.

The Congress leadership is ridden with factionalism, lack of leadership and without alliance in TN. Many senior leaders of the Congress have quit the party in the recent past. After Vasan, former environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan resigned from The Congress.

Even people in the state don’t take the Congress party seriously, say analysts in the field.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress had contested all the 39 Lok Sabha seats from the state but it failed to win any seat and polled just 4.3 percent of the votes.

Why is the Congress vice president in Tamil Nadu and Trichy? Reason for him choosing Trichy is because it is in centre of Tamil Nadu and well-connected. The party cadres from the districts can gather easily.

 “We can expect Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and Congress alliance in the months to come,” says Gnani Sankaran, political analyst. Even All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kahagam (AIADMK) and BJP alliance is on the cards, he said.

Rahul’s Friday visit to Andhra Pradesh is also significant as this is the first time he is visiting bifurcated Andhra Pradesh. Congress, had backed the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. It was once a powerful party in the state but lost a lot of ground after it supported the formation of Telangana. Rahul Gandhi’s visit is being seen as an effort to strengthen the party’s remaining base in Andhra Pradesh.

Comments

 

Other News

Government sanctions new posts to hire cyber security professionals

The government has sanctioned 111 posts of cyber security professionals for the Indian computer emergency response team (ICERT) under the ministry of electronics and information technology (MEITY), according to a ministry official, who added that the posts were sanctioned earlier this year. 

Bhutan’s pursuit of happiness, shortage of health sub-centres in UP, and role of digitisation in IGNOU

In many ways the story of Gross National Happiness in a country is the story of Bhutan and its modern history. There are two major transition points in Bhutan’s recent history, the beginning of the monarchy in 1907, and the transition to a Constitutional monarchy in 2008, and the pursuit of happine

Do you agree with the ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter through animal markets?

Do you agree with the ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter through animal markets?

Modi inaugurates India’s longest bridge in Assam

  Prime minister Narendra Modi celebrated three-year of his government on May 26 by inaugurating Dhola-Sadiya bridge over the Brahmaputra river in Assam’s Tinsukia district. It is the longest bridge in India, which runs 9.15 km from end to end and connects Assam with Arunachal Pradesh.

IndianOil registers highest ever profit of Rs 19,106 crore

 IndianOil posted a net profit of Rs 19,106 crore for 2016-17 fiscal as compared to a profit of Rs 11,242 crore in the last fiscal. The income from operations for the financial year 2016-17 was Rs 4,45,373 crore as compared to Rs 4,06,828 crore in the previous fiscal. IndianOil`s income from

Maiden flight of HAL’s light utility helicopter

 Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) carried out first flight of light utility helicopter (LUH)-PT-2 on May 22 at its Bengaluru-based facility. The flight duration was about 22 minutes and pilots reported nil snag, HAL said.   “These maiden flights of indig



Video

कालेधन पर किया हुआ अपना वादा पूरा करूंगा - मोदी

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter