Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) president GK Vasan’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday triggered speculations that he might merge his party with the BJP. But, Vasan termed these reports as baseless rumours and said he has no idea of merging his party with the BJP and that the TMC would continue to function with its own identity.
With the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP yet to get its new chief after Tamilisai Soundararajan was elevated as Telangana Governor, reports had been doing the rounds that Vasan would merge his party and that he would made the next BJP state unit chief. “I have no idea of merging the TMC with the BJP. All these are baseless rumours,” he added.
About his meeting with the Prime Minister, Vasan said he discussed with Modi various state and Central government schemes that were being implemented in Tamil Nadu. “The TMC has its own identity and will continue to do so,” he added.
After the DMK—led front that comprised Congress, MDMK, CPI, CPM, VCK and other parties swept the Lok Sabha elections in May this year, TNCC president KS Alagiri invited TMC to merge with the parent party, but Vasan rejected it.
Vasan’s interaction with Modi at Chennai airport when he arrived for the second informal Indo-China summit heightened the speculations that the BJP was trying to rope in Vasan and might make him the head of the state unit. It may be recalled that the TMC is part of the ruling AIADMK-led front, that included BJP, PMK and DMDK and NJP which contested the Lok Sabha polls. During his campaigning for the alliance Vasan had praised Modi and the schemes implemented by the Centre.