Amid rum­blings in Tamil Nadu Con­gress, Khushbu calls on Rahul Gandhi at Delhi

Meet­ing sig­nif­i­cant af­ter it was al­leged she did not re­new party mem­ber­ship

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU - R SIVAKUMAR @ Chen­nai

AMID grow­ing rum­blings in Con­gress in Tamil Nadu, AICC spokesper­son and ac­tor Khushbu called on party vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi, in New Delhi on Thurs­day.

The volatile po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion pre­vail­ing in the State and the func­tion­ing of the Con­gress State unit topped the agenda of the 15-minute meet­ing.

“Of course, the gen­eral po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Tamil Nadu and our party’s func­tion­ing came up for dis­cus­sion dur­ing my meet­ing with our leader Rahul Gandhi,” Khushbu told Ex­press.

The meet­ing as­sumes sig­nif­i­cance as a se­nior leader of the party, Karate R Thi­a­gara­jan, re­cently caused a flut­ter by shoot­ing off a mem­o­ran­dum to or­gan­i­sa­tional polls wing head Mul­lap­pally Ra­machan­dran al­leg­ing that Khushbu had failed to re­new her party mem­ber­ship dur­ing the en­rol­ment drive. He also ques­tioned her nom­i­na­tion to the Pradesh Con­gress Com­mit­tee (PCC) while fail­ing to re­new her pri­mary mem­ber­ship. How­ever, she did not touch the is­sue with Rahul Gandhi.

“I did not want to waste time of our leader,” she said.

Yet, she did raise the mat­ter with other top party lead­ers Ghu­lam Nabi Azad and Mukul Was­nik, who is the high com­mand in-charge of Tamil Nadu Con­gress Com­mit­tee (TNCC) af­fairs. “I took up the is­sue with Ghu­lam Nabi Azad and Mukul Was­nik when I met them.”

Khushbu was grad­u­ally gain­ing promi­nence in Tamil Nadu pol­i­tics when she was forced to quit DMK, where she made her po­lit­i­cal de­but with the bless­ings of party chief M Karunanidhi. She later joined the na­tional party.

Ever since vet­eran leader EVKS Elan­go­van gave up TNCC pres­i­dent’s post, she has been keep­ing a low pro­file in the State party avoid­ing ap­pear­ance in party events, Con­gress sources re­called.

They added if Rahul Gandhi takes over the man­tle from his mother So­nia Gandhi, as is widely be­lieved among party ranks, he may opt for a shake up in the State unit.

When asked whether a change of guard in TNCC was a point of dis­cus­sion with Rahul Gandhi, Khushbu said, “He is very much aware of what is hap­pen­ing in the party in Tamil Nadu. He will take a call when it (change of guard) is re­quired.”

The gen­eral po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Tamil Nadu and our party’s func­tion­ing came up for dis­cus­sion dur­ing my meet­ing Khushbu, AICC spokesper­son

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