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Thankgabalu vows to work for unity

Special Correspondent

— Photo: K. V. Srinivasan

CHANGE OF GUARD: Outgoing TNCC president M. Krishnasswamy handing over documents to K. V. Thankgabalu, the newly appointed TNCC president, in Chennai on Wednesday.

CHENNAI: K.V. Thankgabalu, who took over as president of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee on Wednesday, vowed to bring all factions in the party together.

He was talking to reporters after taking over from outgoing president M. Krishnasswamy.

Laying emphasis on unity, Mr. Thankgabalu said the presence of party leaders, MPs, MLAs and leaders of frontal organisations at the function indicated they would cooperate with him in running the organisation. “We will work together to revitalise the organisation.”

Describing himself as a loyal party worker, Mr. Thankgabalu said his activities would reflect the aspirations of the workers and that of the people of Tamil Nadu. The party’s main task would be to take steps to propagate its policies and programmes in every nook and corner of the State.

Asked to spell out his strategy to bring back Kamaraj rule, Mr. Thankgabalu said at present, there was Kamaraj rule both at the Centre and the State. Both the governments were implementing various programmes to realise the dreams of Kamaraj.

He thanked the State government for sanctioning Rs.1.94 crore for Kamaraj’s birth anniversary celebrations.

Earlier, addressing party workers, Mr. Thankgabalu said his duty would be to strengthen the organisation at all levels. At present, the party was in the third position in the State with a vote share of 20 per cent.

Though it had not been in power for the last 40 years, workers continued to remain loyal to the party.

He urged the workers to involve themselves in strengthening the organisation.

All India Congress secretary K.B. Krishnamurthi, who is in-charge of party affairs in Tamil Nadu, called upon Congressmen in the State to sink their personal differences and work for success of the party in the next general elections. Within a month, district Congress committee presidents would be appointed. State office-bearers would be appointed later.

Earlier, Mr. Thankgabalu was greeted by Union Ministers P. Chidambaram and G.K. Vasan, party spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan, Congress Legislature Party leader D. Sudarssanam, deputy leader D. Yesoda, whip S. Peter Alphonse, party MPs and MLAs.

Mr. Thankgabalu garlanded the statues of Kamaraj, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi and paid homage to Kamaraj and G.K. Moopanar. He also visited the Rajiv Gandhi memorial at Sriperumpudur and offered floral tributes.

Later, Mr. Thankgabalu met Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi at his residence.

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