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“Congress liberated in State”

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It is in a position to decide its destiny on its own: Minister

Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry E.M. Sudarsana Nachiappan addressing the Ramanathapuram Chamber of Commerce on Sunday.— Photo: L. Balachandar
Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry E.M. Sudarsana Nachiappan addressing the Ramanathapuram Chamber of Commerce on Sunday.— Photo: L. Balachandar

Senior Congress leader and Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry E.M. Sudarsana Nachiappan has said that the Congress has been liberated in Tamil Nadu after the DMK snapped its ties with the party.

Talking to reporters after addressing the members of Ramanathapuram Chamber of Commerce here on Sunday, he said the party which had been fighting the elections in the state after aligning with one of the Dravidian parties all these years, has been liberated and was in a position to decide its destiny on its own.

Test of stength

Claiming that the party enjoyed huge support from general public and youth in the State, he said the coming Lok sabha elections would be the opportune time for the party to test its strength in the State.

While a section of the leaders in the party has told the high command that the party could win the Lok Sabha elections only if it aligned with one of the major parties in the State, leaders like him have said that many parties were willing to join if the Congress led an alliance.

Decision

After weighing the pros and cons, the high command would take a decision, he also said.

He, however, would not name the parties, which have evinced interest in joining the Congress-led front in the state.

Asked whether the DMDK would join the alliance, he said he could not disclose secrets.

Replying to a question, Mr. Nachiappan said an amicable solution to the fishermen issue could be found only if the Tamil Nadu fishermen held talks with their Lankan counterparts in the presence of officials from Tamil Nadu and Union governments.

Once the State government fixed the date for the talks, the Centre would depute representatives from the External Affairs Ministry, Navy and Indian Coast Guard, he said.

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