Subramanian, Vaithilingam offer to resign
Puducherry Congress Committee president A V Subramanian and Opposition leader V Vaithilingam, MLA, offered their resignations to the party's executive committee meeting held here today.
The leaders gave resignations taking responsibility of the defeat of party's candidate and former Union Minster of State for PMO V Narayansamy in the Lok Sabha elections.
However, the panel did not agree to their resignations. Narayansamy, who was present at the meeting, spoke to them and pacified them. Yet the leaders insisted that they will tender their resignations to the party high command which will decide on it.
Talking to mediapersons, PCC chief A V Subramanian confirmed the resignations of him as well as Vaithilingam in the closed door meeting. The PCC Chief said he was resigning taking the responsibility of the party candidate.
According to sources, Mr Vaithilingam offered resignation as the votes from his constituency, Kamarajar Nagar, were lesser than the winning candidate.
The PCC chief said the meeting discussed the lapses, which led to the defeat of Narayanasamy.
Mr Subramanian said Congress workers were overconfident while the rival AINRC candidate garnered votes well towards closing stages of the campaign.
He said the AIADMK candidate, MV Omalingam, who polled over 1.30 lakhs also made a dent in Congress candidate's chances. The PCC chief said BJP did well with the support of the media, both print and TV, and used well the Congress by projecting the issues like price hike. He added the Congress failed to project its achievement of its 10-year rule properly.
According to sources, Rajya Sabha MP, P Kannan was not invited to the meeting.
It may be recalled that followers of Kannan had objected the renomination of Narayansamy for the contest.
(Posted on 25-05-2014)