Tamil Nadu

DMK expels Mullaivendan, spares Palanimanickam

A file photo of former Tamil Nadu Minister V. Mullaivendhan, who has been expelled from the DMK for anti-party activities.

A file photo of former Tamil Nadu Minister V. Mullaivendhan, who has been expelled from the DMK for anti-party activities.   | Photo Credit: N_BASHKARAN

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Party drops disciplinary action against most of the 33 leaders suspended last month.

The DMK on Saturday announced the expulsion of former Minister V. Mullaivendhan for anti-party activities but dropped disciplinary action against most of the 33 leaders, including former Union Minister S.S. Palanimanickam, >suspended last month, accepting their explanations.

“The party is giving up proposed action against suspended members following explanation offered by them except one or two,” DMK general secretary K. Anbazhagan said in a statement in Chennai.

The suspended functionaries had submitted their explanations to the show cause notices that the allegation they betrayed the party in the Lok Sabha elections was not true and that the charges were propped up by intra-party rivalry.

“S.S. Palanimanickam (former Thanjavur District Secretary) and Inbasekaran (former Dharmapuri North District in-charge] are allowed to continue as members and will not have any role in the party administration,” he said.

Mr. Mullaivendan “is permanently expelled” as he issued a statement against the party high command when an explanation was sought from him, Mr. Anbazhagan said.

He, however, did not specifically refer to the status of Rajya Sabha MP, K.P. Ramalingam, viewed as a confidante of >expelled leader M.K. Alagiri, who was also issued show cause notice.

“Except those who had made allegations against the party leadership,” Mr. Anbazhagan said, action was being dropped against other suspended members enabling them to continue the party work.

Reacting to the party’s suspension move, >Mr. Ramalingam had said, “They (the party high command) have taken an autocratic decision. I have been serving the organisation for more than 25 years in a responsible position. I take this as an insult to me.”

>On June 21, 2014, the DMK suspended 33 senior leaders, including Mr. Palanimanickam, and slapped show cause notices on them asking why they should not be expelled from the party.

The action was taken based on recommendations by an internal panel which had pointed out to lapses and acts of indiscipline by certain leaders that led to the ignominious defeat in the Lok Sabha polls besides feedback from unsuccessful candidates, poll managers and party workers.

The organisational shake up in DMK was seen as an attempt to make the party battle ready for the 2016 Assembly elections.

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