The former Union Shipping Minister made the official announcement while holding a press conference in Chennai and said he will float a new political party.
"Will be a part of a new political party and its name will be decided in a public meeting in Trichy in the coming days. We want to give Tamil Nadu a political alternative," said Vasan at the presser.
His supporters, however, wanted the former shipping minister to revive the Tamil Manila Congress, which was founded by his later father GK Moopanar. The party was merged with the Congress in 2002 after Moopanar's death in the preceding year.
Vasan's decision came days after BS Ganadesikan quit as the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president over differences with the All India Congress Committee. Gnanandesikan's resignation is seen as a move to part ways from the Congress.
It must be noted that after Jayalalithaa's conviction and her subsequent ouster from Tamil Nadu's politics has rendered the ruling AIADMK weak. This development is encouraging her political opponents to try their luck afresh in the state.
With the assembly elections less than two years away in Tamil Nadu and the Congress looking a sinking ship across the nation, politicians are perhaps rethinking their politics from a new perspective.