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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2620

TN planning panel recommend 'state autonomy';Congress MLAs 'lobby' for berths

By Gopal Ethiraj

Chennai, 11 June (Asiantribune.com): Barely hours afterThe Vice Chairman, State Planning Commission, M.Naganathan submitted a report on the Views on Union- State Relations to the Chief Minister KarunanidhiThe Vice Chairman, State Planning Commission, M.Naganathan submitted a report on the Views on Union- State Relations to the Chief Minister Karunanidhi Chief Minister Karunanidhi’s favourite policy-maker and state planning commission chairman M. Naganathan submitted a document to the DMK president recommending ‘state autonomy’, several Congress legislators of Tamil Nadu appear to have intensified their lobby with the party high command to win ministerial berths in the ministry.

They signed a memorandum and faxed it to party in-charge for TN and Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and AICC top brass Ahmed Patel on Tuesday evening, highly-placed sources disclosed.

A team of Congress MLAs, cutting across factions, plans to camp in New Delhi this weekend to persuade the high command to push forward their agenda, according to a senior TNCC office-bearer.

Unmindful of the statement Karunanidhi made on his 86th birthday and the document Naganathan tabled on Tuesday morning, a senior Congress MLA observed that the DMK high command has definitely sent signals to some TN Congress top brass to approach through the AICC.

With Parliament session coming to a close on Tuesday, the party high command will discuss the AICC reshuffle for two days and subsequently dispatch a senior AICC leader to Chennai to discuss ministerial berths with Karunanidhi, another senior MLA said.

Brushing it aside as a ‘rumour’, Congress legislature party leader D Sudarshanam said the AICC was unlikely to discuss ministerial berths with TN at this juncture.

- Asian Tribune -

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