Ready to take charge of TNCC, says Khushboo

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Tamil Nadu Congress spokesperson Khushboo on Monday met AICC vice-presidentRahul Gandhi and discussed the party affairs in the state in the wake of the recent electoral drubbing.

“The new TNCC president will be announced soon,” she told reporters after the meeting, adding that she was ready to take charge.

But there are many senior leaders eligible for the post, she said.

The 45-year-old Congress leader was all praise for former Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president EVKS Elangovan and said that even though the party had not performed well in the state Assembly polls, he did a good job during his two-year stint as TNCC chief.

“We emerged as the third largest party in the state election under his leadership but the result was not as good as we expected and that’s why he quit,” said the Congress spokesperson from Tamil Nadu after her first meeting with Rahul Gandhi post elections.

The Congress is yet to announce a new president for TNCC after Elangovan submitted his resignation to party chief Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on June 15.

Congress which was part of the DMK-led alliance had contested in 41 seats but could manage to send only eight to the state Assembly.

The party’s poor performance was attributed to Elangovan by his rivals before the AICC. They blamed his unilateral decision making and improper candidate selection.

The seat-sharing talks were anchored by Elangovan in the presence of senior leaders, including Mukul Wasnik who was in-charge of party affairs in Tamil Nadu.

Appointing Elangovan as the party’s chief in Tamil Nadu was considered a smart move by AICC as he had his own set of followers in the party and his political integrity was revered.

He also took up the role at a time when all senior leaders had abandoned the party, including Jayanti Natarajan, following the defeat of Congress in the 2014 elections.