TMC 2.0

With an eye on the 2016 assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, breakaway Congress leader G K Vasan formally launched his own party Tamil Maanila Congress (Moopanar) in Trichy as an alternative to Congress. Braving an incessant drizzle, thousands of his supporters attended the rally, which marked a virtual revival of TMC founded by his father G K Moopanar in 1996 after the Congress high command then decided to ally with the Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK for the assembly and Lok Sabha elections against his wishes.
MLAs John Jacob and N Rengarajan, former TNCC chief BS Gnanadesikan, Peter Alphonse, former MPs NSV Chitthan, Viswanathan, Udaiyappan, Ramasubbu, Paramalai, former MLAs Rajasekaran of Trichy, Rani of Salem, Kovai Thangam, S R Balasubramaniam and Maheswari of Coimbatore, former Mayor Sarubala Thondaimaan were among those who shared the stage with Vasan.
In his speech, Vasan recalled the merger of TMC with Congress in 2002 and said he deeply regretted his decision. “Even though Congress was not in power at the Centre and there was no sign that it would come to power in 2002, TMC was merged with the Congress in order to strengthen the party in Tamil Nadu.But none in Congress focussed on building the party resulting in a dip in traditional vote share in Tamil Nadu,“ he said.
He claimed that TMC (Moopanar) will work for the welfare of the Tamil people and making Tamil Nadu strong.Vasan said, “Our party will work for SCST, backward classes and downtrodden people. Unlike Congress, our party will be accessible to the cadres who can get their grievances addressed.“
Vasan vowed to thwart the attempts of the BJP government that is allegedly trying to cripple the MGNREGS. “BJP government is trying to cripple the MGNREGS which benefits a lot of poor people.Our party will never allow the centre to stop the scheme,“ Vasan stressed.

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