Kannappan will join the DMK on March 23, says Karunanidhi
CHENNAI: Members of Parliament and erstwhile leaders of the MDMK, L. Ganesan and Gingee N. Ramachandran, formally joined the Dravida Munentra Kazhagam in the presence of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi here on Tuesday.
Mr. Ganesan was formerly MDMK’s presidium chairman and Mr. Ramachandran, deputy general secretary. They were among the founding members of the party and had left the DMK along with Vaiko, now the MDMK general secretary, to form the party 15 years ago.
Mr. Ganesan and Mr. Ramachandran contended that the MDMK did not tread the path it said it would. “Do you need another party to articulate your party’s policies,” asked Mr. Ramachandran, roundly criticising the MDMK and Mr. Vaiko for using the Sri Lankan Tamils issue to further his own interests.
Both were of the view that the MDMK aligning with the AIADMK was a big mistake.
Welcoming the leaders and their followers back into the DMK, Mr. Karunanidhi said that though he was upset with the split within the DMK that created the MDMK, he had wanted the DMK and the MDMK to continue in the CPI–CPI (M) model. “LG was for the idea. Gingee liked it. Many friends in the party said they should look at the proposal. But, one leader was against it.”
He described Mr. Ganesan, Mr. Ramachandran and others who left the party as children who were kidnapped under the cover of darkness.
Former Tiruvarur district secretary of MDMK, Thiyaga Bharati, and hundreds of others also joined the DMK. DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin handed over to them the red-and-black border dhotis signifying their entry to the party. Mr. Karunanidhi announced that MDMK leader and MLA, M. Kannappan, would join the DMK on March 23. A function was being held at Anna Arivalayam for his inclusion, he said. Mr. Kannappan was kept away from the MDMK merely because he visited him in hospital, Mr. Karunanidhi said.