The DMK on Tuesday introduced two get together candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha bypolls to fill two vacant seats from Tamil Nadu, opposite to expectations in some quarters of the Congress that regional get together ally Congress might give one seat.
Congress sources mentioned the DMK had agreed to contemplate the get together’s request for a Rajya Sabha seat whereas finalizing the seat-sharing deal for the meeting polls earlier this 12 months. He mentioned the DMK’s assurance got here after the Congress agreed for 25 meeting seats.
While it isn’t recognized what prompted the DMK to not give a seat to the Congress, the transfer has began a guessing recreation within the grand outdated get together. And this has upset a number of the get together’s G23 leaders, which might deepen distrust between the group and the management.
Sources mentioned G23 leaders consider that DMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin agreed to offer the seat to former Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad within the Rajya Sabha due to his heat private relationship with late DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi. Were.
A Congress chief mentioned Stalin needed to offer the seat to Azad, however the Congress management needed the seat for Pravin Chakraborty, who heads the Congress’s knowledge analytics division. According to the chief, there was no response from the DMK on the suggestion of the Congress.
On Tuesday, Stalin introduced two get together candidates Kanimozhi NVN Somu and KRN Rajeshkumar. Kanimozhi is the daughter of late Union Minister NVN Somu. Rajeshkumar is in-charge of DMK’s Namakkal (East) district.
Both Azad and Chakraborty couldn’t be reached for a remark.
A Congress chief mentioned the DMK might have determined to offer a Rajya Sabha seat to the Congress in June subsequent 12 months, when 5 seats within the state will fall vacant attributable to retirement of members because the Congress management was not heat to the concept of giving the seat. To Azad.
The chief mentioned the Congress management may need the seat to be given to senior chief P Chidambaram, who’s retiring in July subsequent 12 months. Chidambaram is at the moment a member from Maharashtra.
With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS