- G. K. Moopanar
G.K. Moopanar ( _ta. முப்பனார்) (1931-2001) was a senior Tamil Nadu politician with ties to the
Indian National Congress. He was a powerful All India Congress Committeegeneral secretary from 1980 to 1988. He was a Rajya Sabhamember when he died.
Moopanar did not get along well
Narasimha Rao, who was the Prime Minister of India from 1991-96. He parted ways with Rao on the issue on his joining hands with the AIADMKand founded his own party, the Tamil Maanila Congress(TMC). Despite this Moopanar remained loyal to the Congress ideology.
Moopanar came very close to becoming the Prime Minister of India in 1997 when
Harkishan Singh Surjeetand Jyoti Basuasked him to lead a Congress supported government. He however declined the offer. [http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl1819/18191180.htm]
Moopanar decided to align himself with the AIADMK in 2001, a surprise move considering his party, the TMC, had been founded to protest the Congress' tying up with the AIADMK. This led to the senior TMC leader
P Chidambaramparting ways with Moopanar and creating another party called the Congress Jananayaka Peravai. After Moopanar's death both TMC and Chidambaram's group merged back with the Congress.
# [http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl1819/18191180.htm Crusading Congressman] , Obituary in Frontline
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