Puducherry: An eight-member `peace panel` has
been constituted by the Pradesh Congress Committee to hold
talks with rebel Congress candidates who had filed nominations
in some constituencies even as UPA had finalized its official
nominees for the April 13 Assembly polls here.
"The committee, headed by former legislator V Balaji will
hold talks with the rebels and persuade them to withdraw the
nominations," Union Minister of State for Planning and PMO V
Narayanasamy told a hurriedly convened press meet here on Sunday.
PCC president AV Subramanian who was present said the
committee would collect details of rebels from election
officials, meet them to persuade them to withdraw nominations.
Narayanasamy said the party would initiate strict
disciplinary action, including dismissal from the party if the
rebels did not respond to the PCC`s initiative.
Asked for the constituencies where the rebels have filed
nominations Subramanian said the PCC would first meet election
officials and get details of the names and constituencies.
Narayanasamy described as "an opportunistic alliance" the
front formed the AIADMK with All India NR Congress (headed by
former chief minister N Rangasamy) and a few other parties and
said it would "fall like a pack of cards in the near future".
He said Rangasamy (who quit Congress and the MLA post and
formed AINRC) was drawing into his party all those who could
not get Congress tickets for the polls. "Rangasamy`s only
ambition is to become chief minister and a party lacking firm
and broad based policies will not survive," he said.
Narayanasamy said he and his party colleagues continued
discussions with PMK leaders at Chennai and Puducherry on some
issues, but declined to elaborate, merely saying an amicable
settlement was in sight.