Former minister and former deputy leader of the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) in the Assembly, Panruti S. Ramachandran, joined the AIADMK on Thursday.
A press release from the AIADMK said Mr. Ramachandran met Chief Minister Jayalalithaa along with his wife Shanthi and son R. Sampath Kumar and became the member of the party.
An engineer by training, Mr. Ramachandran worked for the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, before taking a plunge into politics.
He was a minister in the DMK government, but switched to the AIADMK launched by M.G. Ramachandran (MGR). He was also part of the ministry headed by MGR and had addressed the United Nations on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue.
He later joined the PMK and became a first MLA of the party. He could not continue in the party for long and launched his own outfit, before joining the DMDK. In 2011 elections he was elected form the Alandur constituncy, but resigned his post after differences with party leader Vijayakant.