C. Aranganayagam, who switched over from the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhgam (DMK) in September 2006, announced here on Sunday evening that he has quit the DMK.

Citing differences with the DMK leadership as the reason for his decision, Mr. Aranganaygam told presspersons that the DMK leadership did not accept his views on certain issues, such as economic criterion should be applied for reservation.

Asked why he was quitting now when he was part of the DMK’s committee to oversee Lok Sabha election work, Mr. Aranganayagam said that though he was part of the committee he was not given any work.

The former Minister said he was not going back to the AIADMK or any other party. He refused to comment on the rivalry between M.K. Alagiri and M.K. Stalin.

Mr. Arangayagam had won twice (in 1977 and 1980) from the Coimbatore West Assembly Constituency and in 1984 and 1991 from Thondamuthur in Coimbatore district, all on AIADMK ticket.

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