Film actor and director T. Rajendher, who quit the DMK over difference of opinion with the party leadership, rejoined the party on Friday.

“He accepted my invitation to strengthen the propaganda machinery of the DMK. I hope partymen will also welcome his return,” Mr Karunanidhi said in a statement after Mr. Rajendher called on him at his Gopalapuram residence.

Mr. Rajendher, who later changed his name as Vijaya T. Rajendher, always had a roller-coaster relationship with the DMK.

At one point of time he was the propaganda secretary of the party.

After a spell with the DMK, he left it to launch the Thayaga Marumalarchi Kazhagam. He returned to the DMK before the run-up to the 1996 Assembly polls and was elected from Park Town constituency. He fell out with the DMK leadership again and launched Lakshiya Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in 2004. He supported the AIADMK in the 2006 Assembly elections. When the DMK came to power in 2006, he was made vice-chairman, Small Savings Scheme.

He, subsequently, quit the post.

“I met Mr. Karunanidhi on an invitation. He asked me to be part of the DMK and I could not reject his offer,” said a visibly moved Mr. Rajendher.

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