Tamil Nadu Congress leader ASP Jhanserane lashed out at the party's state leadership for not fielding her from the Nilakottai constituency and accused TNCC president KS Alagiri of being discriminatory. The granddaughter of seven-time Congress MLA Ponnammal alleged that the TNCC president had asked her if she had money to spend for the elections and asked if money was the only criteria to be a Congress candidate. Jhanserane claimed that the party was not giving tickets to deserving candidates and was preferring rich candidates instead.
Congress leader Jhanserane claimed that the grand old party did not ask DMK for the Nilakottai constituency despite DMK's offer to give the seat to its ally. Jhanserane further questioned Congress' inclusivity, alleging that rich candidates were given tickets while the poor were shown the door. Referring to Rahul Gandhi as the party's 'president', Jhanserane claimed that his efforts to rebuild the party went in vain and asked if her labour and background did not satisfy the criteria to be fielded from the Nilakottai constituency.
I have been a @INCIndia 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 @INCTamilNadu did not deem it fit to field me in the same constituency pic.twitter.com/q7pQO7fPzV— ASP Jhanserane (@ASPJhanserane) March 11, 2021
where I have worked for last seven years. 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?— ASP Jhanserane (@ASPJhanserane) March 11, 2021
Doesn't my labour and background count ? It is sad that all efforts of our president @RahulGandhi to rebuild the party in Tamil Nadu only goes in vain.— ASP Jhanserane (@ASPJhanserane) March 11, 2021
It is pertinent to note that many Congress leaders have expressed displeasure in the manner in which candidates have been chosen by the party for upcoming polls in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Earlier on Tuesday, former Congress MP PC Chacko announced his exit from all positions in Congress accusing the party of not being able to maintain democracy. Detailing on what catalysed his exit from the grand old party, PC Chacko alleged that candidates were not selected by Congress on the basis of winnability and claimed that only one or two persons were involved in the selection of candidates. The former Congress MP further claimed that the party was split into two factions in the state (A & I) and that he had asked the party's high command to protect those who didn't belong to either group. PC Chacko revealed that Congress' high command was merely accepting the names of the candidates on the list submitted by the two groups while ignoring other worthy candidates.
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