19 September, 2020

No Minorities On Its Candidates List: Will It Cost Congress In Tamil Nadu?

Congress does not have a single candidate from the religious minorities on its Tamil Nadu list.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President M K Stalin during the formal launch of United Progressive Alliance (UPA), a campaign in Tamil Nadu from the Kanyakumari parliamentary constituency, at Nagercoil, in Kanyakumari.
PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar
No Minorities On Its Candidates List: Will It Cost Congress In Tamil Nadu?
outlookindia.com
2019-04-26T14:49:09+05:30

The Congress has shot itself twice in the foot in Tamil Nadu. First, the suspenseful wait before Karti Chidambaram was cleared as the last of its nine candidates from the state for this summer’s parliamentary polls. Such delays are symptomatic, brushed aside and forgotten in the hurly-burly. But not having a single candidate from the religious minorities on its Tamil Nadu list won’t be easily forgiven. That’s the second gaffe; and a big one as the state has a minority population of 18 per cent, almost equally divided between Muslims and Christians.

The Congress has always counted on their support and fielded candidates from the two communities in Lok Sabha and assembly elections. In fact, for most Christians, the Congress has been the first choice after the DMK. This was evident at the Kanyakumari seat where Congress candidate H. Vasantha Kumar could pull over 2 lakh votes in 2014 riding on the support of the 40 per cent Christians there. He was placed a respectable second. Now with the DMK backing him, Kumar should have an easier ride. But the anger and...

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