“For functioning against the principles and objectives of the party”
CHENNAI: Former Minister and organisation secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), S. Muthusamy, was expelled from primary membership of the party on Saturday, “for functioning against the principles and objectives of the party.”
Another former Minister, Karur M. Chinnasamy, and two former MLAs, V.K. Chinnasamy and C. Manickam, were also expelled for associating with Mr. Muthusamy and boycotting party functions and programmes. Market N. Raja, secretary of the Erode Town unit of the party, was expelled for “anti-party activities.”
In a statement, AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa said Mr. Muthusamy had failed to meet her and skipped the executive committee meeting. She had invited him many times to meet her and discuss his grievances. “After the executive committee meeting, he sent a letter. After going through the letter, I asked him to meet me. But, he did not turn up.”
She accused Mr. Muthusamy of conducting a disinformation campaign in the media, bringing disrepute to the party. He had betrayed the party and planned to join the DMK.
Reacting to the development, Mr. Muthusamy said the future of the AIADMK was not bright. “There is no proper forum to air grievances. When there is a report, she [Ms. Jayalalithaa] believes it completely and does not conduct a proper enquiry.” Senior leaders, who were with the party since the days of MGR, had been sidelined.
On the events over the past few days, Mr. Muthusamy said Ms. Jayalalalithaa had called him on May 25 and asked him to meet her the next day.
“I was in Erode and returned to Chennai the next day. Even then I was not in a proper frame of mind to meet her in person. I needed time to pour out my grievances and informed her assistant that I will send a detailed letter. I decided to meet her once she read the letter.
“There was a delay in completing the letter and sending it to her on time. M. Ramachandran, close to the party high command, oversaw the drafting of the letter. But, even before the letter reached her, she spoke very harshly about me at the executive council meeting. Other speakers even threatened to assault me. That was the last straw.”
Mr. Muthusamy said he was a loyal party worker since 1972 and wondered why Ms. Jayalalithaa could not wait for a couple of hours to read his letter.
Saying Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi was focussed on the development of Tamil Nadu and its people, Mr. Muthusamy said he had not decided on joining any other party. “Nobody from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has approached me, but I have been receiving calls from friends,” he said in reply to a question.
Mr. Muthusamy said he would meeting with close friends at Erode and made it clear that he would definitely join a party. The decision would be made in a couple of days, he said, ruling out launching his own political outfit.