In a shocking snub to ally Congress, DMK, on Monday, has announced its list of Rajya Sabha nominations, failing to heed to the grand old party's alleged request to nominate former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh as a Rajya Sabha member from the state, as per sources.
Sources report that DMK plans to give one seat MDMK Chief Vaiko while nominating LPF Labour trade union leader M Shanmugam and senior advocate P Wilson. As six Rajya Sabha seats are currently vacant from the state, DMK can nominate 3 members as per the electoral agreement while its rival AIADMK will nominate 3 members for the remaining seats.
Here is the announcement made by DMK:
Earlier on June 20, the Congress party had demanded a Rajya Sabha seat for former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, as per sources. The Indian National Congress has a strength of 48 seats in the Rajya Sabha and MK Stalin led DMK has a strength of 3 seats in the upper house.
Sources also added that the DMK was considering the demands of its ally, while the party has already promised one seat to MDMK chief Vaiko before the Lok Sabha elections 2019.The DMK clean sweep the elections in the state of Tamil Nadu after allying with Congress and other regional parties.
Manmohan Singh's tenure in Rajya Sabha expired on June 15. He was elected from Assam in the upper house.
On June 15, for the first time in 28 years, former prime minister (PM) Manmohan Singh’s name ceased to be part of the list of members of the upper house of the Parliament on its website and was included in the list of former members of Parliament (MPs). With the Congress lacking the numbers in the Assam legislature to ensure his re-election, 86-year-old Singh retired from the Rajya Sabha.
Singh, then finance minister in the P V Narasimha Rao government, had debuted in the House on October 1, 1991, from Assam and represented the state for five consecutive terms. Singh was the leader of the House during his 10 years as PM, and leader of the Opposition from 1998 to 2004.