Chennai, June 27 (BPNS)
Member of Parliament from Sivaganga constituency and son of former Union finance minister, P. Chidambaram, Karthi Chidambaran is trying to become the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president post.
The incumbent TNCC chief, KS Alagiri who will be completing his five year tenure is in New Delhi and having a series of discussions with the party high command including AICC president, Mallikarjun Kharge and AICC general secretary (Organisation), KC Venugopal.
A senior Congress leader from Tamil Nadu who is privy to the discussions in New Delhi told IANS that the party high command is taking the opinion of the outgoing president KS Alagiri for posting the next president.
While Karti Chidambaram has good connection in the Congress top leadership, given the clout his father Chidambaram has in the party, former IAS officer, Sashikanth Senthil is a top contender for the post of next TNCC president.
Even as Sashikanth Senthil is a favourite, Karti Chidambaram is also in the race as he is enjoying an excellent rapport with the party ally, DMK. It may be noted that Karti Chidambaram is personally close to Kanimozhi and the two had joined hands for organizing a Tamil cultural fiesta in Coimbatore a few years before. The junior Chidambaram is having an excellent personal rapport with Stalin also and hence the national leadership of the Congress has a soft corner for the Sivaganga MP.
Karur MP S. Jothimani, Krishnagiri MP Chellakumar and Virudhunagar MP, Manicakam Tagore are also in the race for the Chief Minister post.