Veteran Pondy Cong leader joins rival front

In a jolt for the ruling Congress in Puducherry, veteran leader and former Minister M Chandrakasu joined the rival All India NR Congress led by former Chief Minister N Rangasamy.

Last Updated: Mar 05, 2011, 22:55 PM IST

Karaikal: In a jolt for the ruling Congress in
Puducherry, veteran leader and former Minister M Chandrakasu on Saturday joined the rival All India NR Congress led by former
Chief Minister N Rangasamy.

Chandrakasu joined the NR Congress along with hundreds of
his supporters in the presence of N Ranagasamy at Nedunkadu,
his home constituency here.
Chandrakasu had contested from Nedunkadu for seven
consecutive terms since 1980 on Congress ticket. He won five
times. He served as the Minister for Social Welfare and
Industries for three terms.

Welcoming him into the party, Rangasamy alleged that the
ruling Congress Government had not properly implemented
welfare and development schemes.
Chandrakasu claimed that persons like him had been
forced to leave the Congress party. "NR Congress is not a new
political party, but a split group of the Congress," he said.

Congress had lost all the four seats it contested from
Karaikal district in the 2006 assembly elections.

PTI