Vasan, who recently expressed his dismay over Congress delaying announcement on its poll strategy for Tamil Nadu, was the first leader to opt out of the contest. JPN/Agencies
"I am not contesting this election. I am one of the main campaigners who wants to ensure the victory of Congress candidates by touring all the 39 seats in the state,” Vasan said.
When asked why no party was willing to forge an electoral tie-up with Congress and whether it was left behind in the race, he described the alliances forged for the general elections in various parts of the country including Tamil Nadu as an ‘alliance of opportunism’.
"This election has been an election of opportunism," he said, adding those going by 'certain waves as portrayed in the media' will realise the truth after the polls.
Responding to a poser about the prospects of his party contesting the elections alone, he said the time had come for the party supporters to work for popularizing the symbol of Congress.
“Such a situation had resulted in excitement among party workers,” he claimed.
Vasan claimed the Congress had earlier in 1977 and 1989 also faced elections on its own. He added that the Congress vote bank and number of votes polled had been only increasing with every election.
The party's poll plank would include reminding people of the 'golden era' of party veteran late K Kamaraj's rule besides highlighting the achievements of Congress-led UPA government.
On the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils, which has become a rallying point among Tamil parties and pro-Tamil outfits against ruling Congress, Vasan recalled that he himself had taken up with Centre opposing the training imparted to Sri Lankan defence personnel in the country besides the vexed Sri Lankan fishermen issue.
Asked if there would be any post-poll alliance with DMK, he said only the Congress High Command could decide on that.
He said Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party’s vice-president Rahul Gandhi could address election rallies in the state.
Vasan, who recently expressed his dismay over Congress delaying announcement on its poll strategy for Tamil Nadu, was the first leader to opt out of the contest.