Taking cognisance of his fellow party men in Tamil Nadu for their statements over the Congress's alliance with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress general secretary in charge of Tamil Nadu on Monday warned that “anti-alliance remarks would be considered as anti-party activities.”

Talking to The Hindu here, Mr. Azad made it clear that nobody except the high command was authorised to speak on alliances.

“We have an alliance with the DMK at the State and national level. This will continue,” he said. The high command has not authorised anyone in or out of office or in a position of power to speak against the alliance, he added.

If any individual or office-bearer has any problem, he can discuss it with the right forum at the right places but any utterances made in the public or through the media cannot be tolerated, Mr. Azad said.

“Therefore, each and every Congressman has been asked to refrain from making any statement against the alliance,” he said.

Though Mr. Azad did not name anyone, the message was clearly meant for former Union Minister and former Tamil Nadu Pradesh Congress chief E.V.K.S. Elangovan who has been speaking against the alliance from time to time, even demanding a share in the State Cabinet.

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