The DMK on Tuesday introduced the social gathering’s two candidates for the forthcoming Rajya Sabha bye-elections to fill the 2 vacant seats from Tamil Nadu opposite to expectation in some Congress quarters that the regional social gathering might give one seat to ally Congress.
Sources within the Congress mentioned the DMK had agreed to think about the social gathering’s request for a Rajya Sabha seat whereas finalising the seat-sharing deal for the Meeting elections earlier this yr. They mentioned the DMK assurance had come after the Congress agreed to accept 25 Meeting seats.
Whereas it isn’t recognized what prompted the DMK to not cede a seat to the Congress, the transfer has triggered a guessing sport within the grand previous social gathering. And it has upset a number of the social gathering’s G 23 leaders, which may deepen the distrust between the grouping and the management.
Sources mentioned the G 23 leaders imagine DMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Okay Stalin was agreeable to giving the seat to former Chief of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, given the latter’s heat private relations with late DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi.
A Congress chief mentioned Stalin was eager to offer the seat to Azad however the Congress management needed it for Praveen Chakravarty, the pinnacle of the Congress’s Information Analytics Division. In line with the chief, there was no response from the DMK to the Congress’s suggestion.
On Tuesday, Stalin introduced the social gathering’s two candidates – Kanimozhi N V N Somu and Okay R N Rajeshkumar. Kanimozhi is the daughter of late Union minister N V N Somu. Rajeshkumar is DMK’s Namakkal (East) district in cost.
Each Azad and Chakravarty couldn’t be reached for a response.
A Congress chief mentioned the DMK maybe has determined to offer the Rajya Sabha seat to the Congress in June subsequent yr when 5 seats from the state will fall vacant as a consequence of retirement of members because the Congress management was not heat to the concept of giving the seat to Azad.
The chief mentioned the Congress management maybe needs the seat to be given to senior chief P Chidambaram, who retires in July subsequent yr. Chidambaram is at present a member from Maharashtra.