Puducherry Cong strive for compromise with estranged leader

Amid speculation that estranged Cong leader N Rangasamy is planning to float a new political outfit, the party held discussions with the former Puducherry CM for a reconciliation.

Puducherry: Amid speculation that estranged Congress leader N Rangasamy is planning to float a new political outfit, the party today held discussions with the former Puducherry chief minister for a reconciliation.

Former Tamil Nadu PCC chief M Krishnaswamy and Puducherry PCC president A V Subramanian met Rangasamy at his residence in a bid to ensure that he dropped his plan, if any, to launch a new outfit to take on the Congress in the coming Assembly polls.

The two senior Congress leaders jointly held talks with Rangasamy for some 20 minutes. Krishnaswamy also met him separately.

After the meeting, Subramanian told reporters that he and Krishnaswamy met Rangasamy as per directives of the AICC as "we want Rangasamy to be in Congress".
He hoped that Rangasamy would come out with a positive response. He said he had some days ago talked to Rangasamy to ensure that the estranged leader remained with the Congress.

To persistent queries as to whether his mission was successful, Krishnaswamy said he met the former Chief Minister while driving through Puducherry "out of courtesy."
Rangasamy also declined to comment about the outcome of the parleys. "There is no news for now. I will call you and convey the news," he said.

Rangasamy was ousted from office in August 2008 following a year long revolt against him by his ministerial colleagues.

Chief Minister V Vaithilingam, who was among the ministers who were up in arms against Rangasamy, took over the reins in September 2008.

A large number of supporters of Rangasamy thronged his residence when the news spread that a Congress team was meeting the leader.

Speculation is rife that the N R Peravai floated by Rangasamy`s supporters some time ago would be converted into a political party to challenge the Congress in the Assembly polls due in May.

Rangasamy is, however, keeping his plans under wraps and is non-committal.


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