Will bring bad name: Congress leader opposes Karti Chidambaram's candidature
Former Union Minister P Chidambaram's son Karti was given a Congress ticket from Sivaganga late on Sunday night, making way for infighting in the party.
Senior Tamil Nadu Congress leader EM Sudarshana Nachiappan, who was eyeing the constituency, said Karti will bring a bad name to the party and hoped top brass would reconsider the decision.
Meanwhile, Karti thanked Congress for the opportunity.
Karti Chidambaram's Sivaganga candidature upsets Congress leader
Karti, accused in corruption cases, was given ticket by Congress
On Friday, Congress released a list of nine candidates for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry but kept Sivaganga out of it. The battle between Nachiappan and Karti delayed the announcement and the final decision miffed the former.
To recall, Karti is an accused in the INX media corruption case and faces charges of money-laundering.
But Congress ignored the accusation and probably gave in to pressure.
Chidambarams haven't done anything for constituency: Nachiappan
An angry Nachiappan claimed people hated Chidambarams as they haven't done anything for the constituency.
"Karti is an accused under corruption charges and we don't know what is going to happen in the court now. But he is going to file nominations. Just imagine what a bad name it will bring to the Congress," Nachiappan said.
He accused P Chidambaram of lobbying for his son.
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Chidambaram committed a fraud against Congress, alleged Nachiappan
"Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president (KS Alagiri) is P Chidambaram's man. He delayed signing my name. Chidambaram played a game to ensure a seat for his son. By committing a fraud upon Congress party, Karti's seat was ensured," Nachiappan added.
Karti will lose deposit, claimed Nachiappan
Sivaganga is Chidambaram's bastion. The seat sent Chidambaram to Lok Sabha seven times, except in 1999.
Nachiappan added that when he "gave" the seat to Chidambaram in 2004 he won by only 1.5 lakhs votes and in 2009 had a "narrow escape".
Fearing loss in 2014, Chidambaram gave the seat to Karti. "He was the fourth runner up, behind BJP, losing deposit. That is going to repeat again," Nachiappan added.
Nachiappan should speak to high command, suggested TNCC Chief
The BJP has fielded H Raja from Sivaganga and Nachiappan felt anyone can defeat him, except Karti.
While Nachiappan's dissent spells trouble for Congress, Alagiri said he should speak to top brass, which took the decision, rather than going to media.
"Besides, allegations against Karti Chidambaram on corruption cases are false and only framed by the BJP," Alagiri opined.
Meanwhile, Karti is confident allies will help him win
Despite the controversy surrounding him, Karti expressed confidence. He said the alliance will take him to victory.
"The mood against the fascist BJP government headed by Narendra Modi and the inept AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu will ensure a resounding victory to all the candidates of the DMK-Congress alliance," he said.
He added demonetization, faulty GST and lack of jobs will work against BJP.