‘Congress Mukt’: No Congressmen in Parliament from TN
Chennai: The Congress may have won eight seats in the recently held Tamil Nadu Assembly elections but in the parliament from this south state, the party's representation is nil. Congress has no Lok asabha seat from TN and in Rajya Sabha also, on the basis of its strength, the party would not be able to have even a single member.
“The state has become Congress-mukt (Congress free) in both Houses of Parliament,” said a political commentator here on Thursday.
Congress failed to get a Rajya Sabha nomination with its senior partner DMK nominating two of its seniors to the upper House, scuppering the chances of former finance minister P Chidambaram who was earlier elected to the Upper House from this state.
- The DMK-Congress alliance can win only two Rajya Sabha seats based on its strength in the assembly.
- With just eight seats in the Assembly of 234 , Congress is in no position to hope for a RS berth.
- Former Union ministers Sudarsana Natchiappan and Mani Shankar Aiyar (nominated) retired recently.
- Among the southern states, Tamil Nadu and the erstwhile undivided Andhra Pradesh had the largest Rajya Sabha members — 18.