With right strategy, he can be stronger than DMDK’s Vijayakanth, analysts say
Shivani Chaturvedi | November 18, 2014 | Chennai
Former union minister GK Vasan, who broke away from the Congress on November 3, cannot be underestimated and the new party he is launching this month can rewrite political equations in Tamil Nadu.
In 1996, the Congress had a vote share of 15 percent. In the recent 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.
“Vasan just needs to revive that 15 percent share. And in Tamil Nadu this vote share can be tapped by proper leadership of the party,” says a city-based political observer.
Former union minister EVKS Elangovan who has been appointed as the chief of Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) after BS Gnanadesikan quit as TNCC chief on October 30 is not seen as a strong leader.
Political analysts feel that if Vasan has a proper line of action he could emerge stronger than Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam’s (DMDK) Vijayakanth. However, the picture would be clear only after the launch of Vasan’s new party on November 28 in Tiruchirappalli.
Vasan’s father, late GK Moopanar, along with P Chidambaram had floated the Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) ahead of the 1996 assembly and Lok Sabha elections. Vasan as the president of the TMC had merged the party with the Congress in 2002 after his father’s death.
Meanwhile, preparations are on by Vasan for the launch of the new party. Prominent leaders of Vasan group, including former Congress MLA Peter Alphonse, are on a tour of the state, meeting supporters to finalise organisational set up of the party at the local level.
On May 23 this year, the ministry of environment issued ‘Rules on prevention of cruelty to animals (regulation of livestock market)’ with the purported aim of regulating animal markets. When one reads the rules – notwithstanding the lame efforts from union ministers to issue clarificati
BEML, a mini ratna category-1 enterprise of the defence ministry, has set a target of using 100 percent renewable energy for its own consumption. In this connection, BEML’s 9 MW Windmill Park installed at Bagalkot District in Karnataka was recently
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a Maharatna enterprise, has recorded nearly 14 percent growth in its intellectual capital in 2016-17 fiscal. During the year, a record 508 patents and copyrights were filed by the company, translating into filing of nearly two patents/copyrights
National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) has joined hands with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Odisha, to organise outreach programmes for industries and other stakeholders on GST implementation. Series of interactive programmes are being
Taking prime minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Housing for all by 2022’ forward, Employees` Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has amended the EPF Scheme, 1952 to provide assistance in acquiring affordable houses to the EPF members by allowing withdrawal from PF to
IndianOil is currently transporting bulk LPG from Mangalore to various LPG bottling plants in north Kerala through about 100 bullet trucks every day, which ply on narrow highways. A pipeline connecting the proposed LPG import terminal to Kochi Refineries Limited and the LPG bottling plants at Udayamperoo