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PONDICHERRY

Groupism in Congress comes to the fore

Saturday 18 June 2005

Special Correspondent

Rival faction demands removal of Narayanasamy as Pondicherry PCC president

Chief Minister, Ministers, MLAs meet AICC observer

PONDICHERRY: Groupism in the Pondicherry Congress came to the fore when a section of partymen opposed to the President of Pondicherry Pradesh Congress Committee, V. Narayanasamy, MP, raised slogans against him during the visit of the AICC Secretary and observer of the party affairs in Pondicherry, K.B. Krishnamoorthy, MP, here on Friday.

Mr.Krishnamoorthy was on a three-day visit to Pondicherry to observe the `development of the party and also to inaugurate a training programme for party workers in Ariyankuppam on Saturday.’

Right from his arrival at a hotel here rival groups of party men indulged in slogan shouting exercise. While one group owing allegiance to Mr.Narayanasamy raised slogans in support of him, the rival group raised slogans against him.

Some hours later the group opposed to Narayanasamy made a beeline to the hotel and raised slogans for his replacement on the arrival of Mr.Krishnamoorthy from Rajnivas where he had a meeting with Lt Governor M.M. Lakhera.

The Chief Minister N.Rangasamy, two Ministers A.Elumalai and A.Namassivayam along with six legislators of the party held closed-door discussions with the AICC Secretary. The legislators had already presented a memorandum addressed to the AICC to the Chief Minister a few days ago seeking replacement of Mr.Narayanasamy. The Congress has a total strength of 16 MLAs .

It was the grouse of the legislators who met Krishnamoorthy along with the Chief Minister and also the workers owing allegiance to them that Mr,Narayanasamy had not been recognising the senior party functionaries and also those having good base particularly in rural areas. The recent posting of chairmen for certain statutory bodies were done in utter disregard of the senior partymen and also those who put in dedicated services, they alleged.

The legislators who formed part of the team to meet the AICC delegate were R. Radhakrishnan, P Rajavelu, M.O.H. Shah Jahan, N.Gangadharan, R Kamalakannan and P.Angalan.

Courtesy meeting

Mr. Rangasamy told presspersons that it was only a courtesy meeting. There was no discussion on demand for the replacement of Mr.Narayanasamy as president of PCC.

Mr.Krishnamoorthy also said that he had discussions on development of the party only.

There was no demand from the legislators that Mr.Narayanasamy be replaced.

Asked whether Mr.Narayanasamy, who was away in Karaikal along with a Parliamentary team had contacted him, he said `No`.

However Mr.Narayanasamy when contacted by your Correspondent said that he had apprised Mr.Krishnamoorthy about the whole developments. Whatever decision the high command took he would abide by it, he added.

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