The slow disintegration of the Congress party continues, with the latest dissenting voice coming in from Tamil Nadu.
The former president of Tamil Nadu Mahila Congress (TMNC), ASP Jansi Rani, has alleged that money power is the only criteria to be a Congress candidate. The leader seemed miffed at not having received a ticket to contest in the Assembly Polls. “I have been Congress loyalist all along and belong to a traditional Congress family. My grandmother A S Ponnammal was elected as MLA for seven times, of which five times was from Nilakottai. Yet the Tamil Nadu Congress did not deem it fit to field me in the same constituency,” she wrote on Twitter.
She also went on to hint that the Congress was doling out tickets on the basis of “money power”. “I have always felt the approach of TNCC president was discriminatory. He had proved it this time by asking if I have money to spend for elections. Is money power the only criteria to be a congress candidate?” she wrote on Twitter.
“Doesn’t my labour and background count ? It is sad that all efforts of our president Rahul Gandhi to rebuild the party in Tamil Nadu only goes in vain,” she added.
It’s somewhat odd that someone ought to think that they deserve to get a party ticket because their grandmother was a 7-time MLA, but that’s the culture of nepotism that the Gandhis themselves have nurtured for decades. But ASP Jansi Rani isn’t the only Tamil Nadu Mahila Congress leader who’s openly spoken out against her own party. Apsara Reddy, who’d become the first transgender National General Secretary of the Mahila Congress, had quit the party four months ago and joined the AIADMK. “In Tamil Nadu, there has to be a Tamil leader who understands problems of locals. Rahul sir & Sonia madam are very distant from Tamil people. I think Congress’ decimal performance across India proves it’s out of touch with people,” she’d told ANI. And with another Congress leader saying that Congress is distributing tickets on the basis of money power, in spite of Rahul Gandhi’s many visits, Congress’s slow decline in Tamil Nadu seems to be continuing unabated.