Su. Thirunavukkarasar named Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president1 min read . Updated: 15 Sep 2016, 12:47 PM IST
The announcement comes about three months after E.V.K.S. Elangovan stepped down as TNCC president in June
Chennai: Former Union minister Su.Thirunavukkarasar has been appointed as the new Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president. The announcement comes about three months after E.V.K.S. Elangovan stepped down from the post in June.
“The Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has approved the name of Shri Su. Thirunavukkarasar as the president of the Tamil Nadu Pradesh Congress Committee with immediate effect," said a release from Janardan Dwivedi, general secretary, All India Congress Committee.
The 67-year-old new chief has among senior leaders of the state along with P.Chidambaram, Sudarsana Natchiappan and Peter Alphonse.
Thirunavukkarasar’s appointment comes with its share of controversy. A recent article in The Hindu claimed that 39 district presidents were opposed to Thirunavukkarasar candidature for the post. Most of the 39 are known loyalists of former TNCC president Elangovan, the article said.
“I congratulate and extend my wishes," said Elangovan on Wednesday, on Thirunavukkarasar’s appointment.
Elangovan resigned in June, claiming responsibility for the party’s poor performance in the state assembly polls. The Congress, in an alliance with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), won just eight of the 41 seats it contested in the May elections.
The Congress appointed Elangovan as the state unit’s chief when the party faced a setback after former Union minister G.K. Vasan quit the party to re-launch his father G.K. Moopanar’s Tamil Maanila Congress in 2014. B.S. Gnanadesikan, then TNCC chief, quit the party to join Vasan.
Thirunavukkarasar, former BJP national secretary and former Union minister of state in the National Democratic Alliance regime, joined the Congress in November 2009.
Born in Theeyathoor, Pudukkottai district of Tamil Nadu, he started his political career in the 1970s as an All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) MLA under M.G. Ramachandran’s (MGR) leadership.