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Updated: September 23, 2013 02:22 IST

Vasan’s stand sparks speculations

B. Kolappan
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His appeal to Manmohan Singh to stay away from CHOGM in Sri Lanka has raised doubts

At a time when the Congress party in Tamil Nadu has no plausible explanation with regard to the UPA government at the Center vis-à-vis its policy on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan’s strong views have overshadowed every political leader in the State.

While all political parties in the State are highly critical of the Centre’s position, Vasan’s open call for keeping in abeyance the military pact between India and Sri Lanka to supply warships to the latter and his appeal to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stay away from CHOGM in Sri Lanka has raised doubts whether he is drifting apart from the Congress.

“We cannot stop Sri Lanka from holding the CHOGM. But Dr. Singh should keep away from the conference. I have taken up the issue with him. I will meet him again to press my view,” he said.

He also reiterates that all pacts between the two countries can be put on hold till a final solution to the attack and arrest of Tamil Nadu’s fishermen is found.

He adds that he is only echoing the views of the people in Tamil Nadu.

However sources close to the Minister dismiss the speculation that he has plans to revive the Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC), founded by his father G.K. Moopanar.

They also deny the suggestion that by way of posturing, he is seeking to raise his stakes within the party during the next Lok Sabha polls. “He is raising the genuine concern of the Tamil people and the Congressmen, who fear a backlash in the Lok Sabha polls against the party. Congress leaders in Delhi have no idea of the likely impact to be generated by the Sri Lankan Tamils issue in the elections and the victory of the TNA in the Northern Province has sent a strong message to Indian government,” said a leader close to Mr Vasan.

Another Union Minister Sudarsana Natchiappan has also raised many an eyebrow by saying that Sri Lanka belonged to Tamils and they should first get hold of their land.

Describing Sri Lanka as a “holy land”, he said the land was important for the Tamils just as it was for Israel and Palestine.

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This is the last chance for Congress to get some votes in Tamilnadu. The congress leaders in Tamilnadu should force the UPA as Telengana MPs forced to make their state. Congress can not survive in Tamilnadu unless some serious actions taken by Congress leaders in Delhi.

from:  John
Posted on: Sep 23, 2013 at 05:56 IST

Ministers Narayanaswamy, Vasan and sudarshan nachiappan are enough for the Congress to bury it deeply in Tamilnadu. their dual rolesas Protamil activists while in Chennai and Congress while in New Delhi will not help them to win their seats in 2014..Congress need to be rejuvenated in tamilnadu by replacing all the existing office bearers in satyamoorthy bhavan and all those former congressmen who are now active protamil nationalists like Vaiko, Veluswamy, Seeman should be persuaded to the old party.Even if Congres can now join the DMDK and continue to remain in DMK,it is too difficult for the Congressmen to retain their deposits,not to speak of winning any seat.These desperate three congressmen can not help the Tamil people here.

from:  B.Viswakarman
Posted on: Sep 23, 2013 at 01:38 IST

It is very evident that these two politicians, Vasan and Nachiappan are fishing in troubled waters for their personal benefit. The stand of the latter that Lanka belongs to Tamils and it is 'holy land' like the Palestine to Israelis is so much bullshit and shows his total lack of historical knowledge. The Tamils there are the descendants of the Tamil warriors who went there on conquest and stayed there. The Plantation Tamils from the hillcountry are from the labourers who went there for a living on the various plantations of the British. the problem is there and it is one of assimilation which is being negated by politicians with personal agendas. Please let us not add fuel to the fire by such stupidity.

from:  L.Krishnamoorthy
Posted on: Sep 23, 2013 at 00:52 IST

It would be a good plan if he could dissociate with congress for few reasons,one of thembeing ceylon issue another is the scams.He could then align withany of other parties like Aiadmk,DDmk and even DMK.that could help him and his followers a few MP seats .He could decide about joining any group as an ally with certain independence.Moopanar view was different and also circumstances were different At that time even Chidambaram had his own party at that time.let us wait and see.

from:  T.s.gopalakrishnan
Posted on: Sep 22, 2013 at 23:23 IST
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