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G K Vasan changes track

G K Vasan changes track
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Union Shipping Minister G K Vasan, normally an introvert and media shy, chose to go ballistic on the issue of the Sri Lankan Tamils. Apparently,...

Union Shipping Minister G K Vasan, normally an introvert and media shy, chose to go ballistic on the issue of the Sri Lankan Tamils. Apparently, sensing political advantage, Vasan chose to speak up on the issue. Vasan merged his Tamil Maanila Congress with the Congress and went on to become AICC secretary and later Union Minister. Considered close to AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, Vasan's move seems to signal that he is keeping his options open of reviving his regional outfit and aligning with the AIADMK. Vasan leads the camp that is opposed to Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu Congress. What came as a surprise in the political circles is that his father, late G K Moopanar and Jayanti Natarajan were both present at Sriperumpedur in Tamil Nadu on May 21, 1991, when Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by the LTTE. That his son, G K Vasan, should now join the chorus of pro-LTTE elements and outfits in Tamil Nadu to shed tears for the killing of the LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran's son V Balachandran, came as a huge shock. Vasan loyalists sought to play it down saying that he has only sought to reflect popular sentiment in Tamil Nadu.
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