Chennai: Unattached MLA and former AIADMK
leader S Ve Shekher Wednesday said he would join Congress to give
the party a boost ahead of the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly
Shekher, elected from Mylapore constituency in
Chennai, had recently met party general secretary Rahul Gandhi
before deciding to join Congress.
Shekher, axed from the Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK in
2009, said he had met Gandhi two months back and would join
the party "under instructions" from Union Minister Ghulam Nabi
Azad, who is in-charge of party affairs in the state.
The decision comes amidst speculations that the
multi-faceted actor-politician could join DMK, especially
after his ouster from AIADMK following differences with the
party high command.
In an e-mailed statement, he described Congress
president Sonia Gandhi as the "greatest visionary leader of
the nation" and said he would join the Congress in the
presence of Union Ministers P Chidambaram and G K Vasan and
TNCC president K V Thankgabalu on February 6 at the party
"With the great aspiration of bringing back Congress
rule in the state, I will contribute in every possible way to
strengthen the party," he said.
The move should come as a boost to Congress in its
effort to attract other party leaders ahead of the polls due
in May, even as Shekher represents a Brahmins-dominated
constituency in the state capital. A few months back, BSP`s
Dalit leader, K Selvam MLA, had joined Congress in the
presence of Chidambaram.
Shekher, elected to the Assembly in 2006 from an
AIADMK ticket, had defeated DMK`s D Napolean, now Union
Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment.