The Congress does not feel isolated in Tamil Nadu but feels liberated from the compulsions of coalition politics, said K.S. Alagiri, sitting Cuddalore MP who is again contesting from the same constituency. He launched his poll campaign at Reddichavadi here on Friday. Mr Alagiri said that regional parties were getting undue credit for welfare schemes such as the rural job scheme and the “108” ambulance scheme that were actually launched by the Centre. The Dravidian parties that were earlier clamouring for passing a resolution in Parliament against the Sri Lankan government for its alleged war crimes were now cozying up towards the BJP that strongly opposed any such proposal.

As regards the Sri Lankan issue, the Centre was doing whatever DMK leader M. Karunanidhi wanted. The State government too had changed the tack on the Sri Lankan issue. The Dravidian parties are trying to derive political mileage out of it, Mr. Alagiri said.