Elangovan charge, `a bid to cover up Cong. confusion'

TUTICORIN, DEC. 30. The AIADMK headquarters secretary, Mr. K.A. Sengottaiyan, today said the TNCC president, Mr. E.V.K.S. Elangovan, had been levelling ``baseless charges'' against the ruling party with a view to covering up ``confusion and disharmony prevailing in the Congress''.

Denying Mr. Elangovan's charge that the AIADMK was trying to split opposition parties including the Congress and the PMK, Mr. Sengottaiyan said the TNCC chief was harping on the theme, surmising wrongly that `falsehood' would be accepted as truth some day.

After addressing a district level meeting of party activists here, he told presspersons that there was no need for the AIADMK to split other parties as it enjoyed a thumping majority in the Assembly.

The Congress in the State was already a ``divided house'' with its leaders speaking in different voices on issues. Mr. Elangovan's criticism also betrayed his ``tacit understanding'' with the DMK president, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, Mr. Sengottaiyan alleged.

``However, genuine Congressmen were humiliated by his gimmicks.''

PMK problems

Mr. Sengottaiyan also refuted the PMK leaders' charge that the party MLA, Mrs. Sivagami Vincent was under AIADMK custody. ``The party was trying to shift the blame to the AIADMK for its own failure''.

The PMK was able to retain its strength as long as it remained an AIADMK ally. Now disenchantment was rife as the leadership switched sides during elections. The disillusionment came to the fore, particularly in the wake of the drubbing the PMK received in the local bodies elections, he claimed.

Asked whether the AIADMK's relations with the TMC were cordial, Mr. Sengottaiyan said there was no problem between the two parties. The TMC president, Mr. G.K. Vasan, too subscribed to this view, he pointed out.

About the DMK, Mr. Sengottaiyan said the party ranks had started joining the AIADMK, and senior leaders were ``annoyed at Mr. Karunanidhi's sons - Mr. M.K. Stalin and Mr. M.K. Azhagiri - dominating the party.''

Replying to a query, he said the austerity measures and the price hike recently announced by the Government would not have any adverse effect in the Assembly byelections.

The 'failure' of the December 7 bandh called by several parties including some poll allies of the AIADMK, showed that the people had approved these steps initiated under the guidance of the party supremo, Ms. Jayalalithaa.

The meeting urged Mr. Karunanidhi to express regrets for ``foisting cases'' against Ms. Jayalalithaa. Another resolution said a life-size statue of the party founder, M.G. Ramachandran, would be installed in the port town.

The Handlooms and Textiles Minister, Mr. S.P. Shanmuganathan, Mr. R. Radhakrishnan, MLA, and Mrs. S. Rajammal, MLA, participated in the meeting.

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