September 13th, 2011
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Congress not to contest Tiruchi by-election

Tamilnadu Congress Committee president K V ThangkabaluChennai: Tamilnadu Congress Committee president K V Thangkabalu today said that his party would not contest the by-election to Tiruchi West Assembly constituency. Speaking to reporters here, he said, ‘at present, the Congress party is in the DMK-led alliance in Tamilnadu. However, All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi will take a decision on the party’s alliance partners for the fast approaching local body polls.’

He also predicted that the victory prospects of the Congress were high for the civic elections. On the decision not to contest the Tiruchi by-election, he said that since an alliance partner (DMK) fielded its candidate in the constituency during the Assembly elections, the Congress has decided not to contest the by-election.

The TNCC president also denied an allegation against him that he had grabbed 1,000 acre land at Kalvarayanmalai. The Election Commission will hold by-election on 13 October to Tiruchi West Assembly seat, which fell vacant following the death of AIADMK member Mariam Pitchai. Mariam Pitchai, who was inducted as a Minister in the J Jayalalithaa-led Cabinet, was killed in a road accident even before he could take oath as a member of the Assembly. The State government had already ordered a CB-CID probe into the accident.


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