Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president Su. Thirunavukkarasar on Thursday denied any rift in his party’s alliance with the DMK. At a press conference held at the TNCC headquarters here, he denied that there was unease in the partnership, reportedly over the DMK’s reluctance to award more seats to the Congress in the upcoming local body elections.
Mr. Thirunavikkarasar, who appeared to have been irked over questions about the seeming strain in the alliance, said, “We have made clear that the alliance will continue. I say this only because you keep asking about it,” he said. His party would work for the DMK candidates in the November 19 elections for Aravakurichi, Thanjavur and Thirupparankundram constituencies.
“As for the local body elections, we have completed seat-sharing for some districts. For the others, we will resume talks when the election notification is issued again,” he said. When pointed out that Congress as well as DMK candidates had submitted nominations for some seats, Mr. Thirunavukkarasar said that it had occurred because of the ongoing talks. “The last date for withdrawal had not lapsed; candidates of either party would have withdrawn nominations once it became clear who would contest there,” he said.
Referring to BJP leader and Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan’s comments blaming the Congress for not forming the Cauvery Management Board during the UPA regime, Mr. Thirunavukarasar quipped, “You (Radhakrishnan) meet your Prime Minister and ask him to form the Cauvery Management Board and help the farmers of Tamil Nadu.”
The TNCC president also requested the Central government to withdraw the hike in the price of rice distributed to people above the poverty line from Rs. 22.53 per kg to Rs. 8.3 per kg. “The hike will impose a Rs. 2,100-crore burden on the State government. I request the Central government to reduce the prices,” he said.He also called for restrictions on the import of crackers made in China so that the local fireworks industry that employed 2.5 lakh people could be saved(THE HINDU,2016).