The DMK on Tuesday introduced the get together’s two candidates for the forthcoming Rajya Sabha bye-elections to fill the 2 vacant seats from Tamil Nadu opposite to expectation in some Congress quarters that the regional get together could give one seat to ally Congress.
Sources within the Congress mentioned the DMK had agreed to contemplate the get together’s request for a Rajya Sabha seat whereas finalising the seat-sharing deal for the Assembly elections earlier this yr. They mentioned the DMK assurance had come after the Congress agreed to accept 25 Assembly seats.
While it isn’t recognized what prompted the DMK to not cede a seat to the Congress, the move has triggered a guessing sport within the grand outdated get together. And it has upset among the get together’s G 23 leaders, which might deepen the distrust between the grouping and the management.
Sources mentioned the G 23 leaders imagine DMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Okay Stalin was agreeable to giving the seat to former Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, given the latter’s heat private relations with late DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi.
A Congress chief mentioned Stalin was eager to present the seat to Azad however the Congress management wished it for Praveen Chakravarty, the top of the Congress’s Data Analytics Department. According to the chief, there was no response from the DMK to the Congress’s suggestion.
On Tuesday, Stalin introduced the get together’s two candidates – Kanimozhi N V N Somu and Okay R N Rajeshkumar. Kanimozhi is the daughter of late Union minister N V N Somu. Rajeshkumar is DMK’s Namakkal (East) district in cost.
Both Azad and Chakravarty couldn’t be reached for a response.
A Congress chief mentioned the DMK maybe has determined to present the Rajya Sabha seat to the Congress in June subsequent yr when 5 seats from the state will fall vacant as a consequence of retirement of members for the reason that Congress management was not heat to the concept of giving the seat to Azad.
The chief mentioned the Congress management maybe desires the seat to be given to senior chief P Chidambaram, who retires in July subsequent yr. Chidambaram is presently a member from Maharashtra.