He will be replaced by former Deputy Speaker V.P. Duraisamy

Three weeks after former Minister Parithi Ellamvazhuthi resigned in a huff from his position as deputy general secretary of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the party on Thursday accepted his resignation and named a replacement.

A brief announcement from DMK general secretary K. Anbazhagan said Mr. Ellamvazhuthi's resignation had been accepted and that he would be replaced by V.P. Duraisamy, a former Deputy Speaker and joint secretary of the party's Adi Dravidar welfare wing. A. Krishnasamy will take Mr. Duraisamy's post.

Earlier this month, Mr. Ellamvazhuthi had resigned from his post as a mark of protest against the reinstatement of three party functionaries, whose suspension he had recommended. These functionaries, according to him, had not worked assiduously enough for him in the Egmore constituency in the April Assembly election. Mr. Ellamvazhuthi lost the election by a slender margin of 202 votes.

However, the party organ, ‘Murasoli', announced soon that the three had been reinstated, a move that Mr. Ellamvazhuthi termed as an insult to his “self-respect”.

His resignation was seen as the fallout of his differences with treasurer and former Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin. His supporters said he was peeved at not being consulted before the suspension of the three functionaries was revoked, apparently at Mr. Stalin's behest.

Amidst speculation that he could switch camps, Mr. Ellamvazhuthi maintained that he was still a loyal worker of the DMK and hit out at unnamed rivals within the party for seeking to tarnish his image. The DMK leadership maintained a studied silence over his resignation letter, but has now decided to accept it. The party waited for the local body polls to get over before acting on his resignation.

Mr. Ellamvazhuthi, a Dalit, was Information Minister in the previous DMK regime and Deputy Speaker of the State Assembly during an earlier stint.

He was in the limelight between 1991 and 1996 with his combative performance as the lone DMK member in the House after the party suffered a drubbing in the 1991 Assembly election. The man replacing him as deputy general secretary is also a Dalit, and one belonging to the Arundhathiar sect.