Veterans sore over AIADMK shake-up

VELLORE, MAY. 7. The recent shake-up in the AIADMK's organisational units at the district, panchayat union and town levels has disappointed the party veterans in Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts

and enthused youngsters who have been appointed to the various posts.

The impact of the shake-up was felt in the lacklustre turnout for the meeting of the Vellore east district Puratchi Thalaivi J.Jayalalitha Peravai, which was held here on Saturday, with Mr.T.T.V.Dinakaran, the newly appointed state secretary of the Peravai, participating in it. A large number of partymen went to the district border to receive Mr. Dinakaran who came from Chennai in the evening, but there was no enthusiastic crowd at Rani Mahal, the venue of the meeting.

Mr. K. Pandurangan, one of the staunch party loyalists who was removed from the post of Vellore west district AIADMK secretary was conspicuous by his absence at the meeting. Those who spoke at the meeting, especially the newly appointed office- bearers, expressed their gratitude to Ms.Jayalalitha for having ``weeded out the traitors'' from the party. The names of Mr.V.Karuppasami Pandian and Mr. S. Raghupathy were among those described as ``traitors''.

The changes in the party were welcomed by the rank and file as they felt the changes have been effected on the basis of complaints of anti-party activities made against the incumbents by the lower level functionaries who were given an opportunity to air their views at the district-wise meetings convened by the party general secretary, Ms.Jayalalitha, at Chennai.

Disappointed over his removal from the post of Arni panchayat union AIADMK secretary, Mr. M. Chinnakkuzhandhai resigned from the party and joined the DMK. But such reactions may not affect the party. But there are some who feel that the party general secretary has taken a hasty action in removing certain persons from party posts based on false complaints.

The visit of Mr. Dinakaran to Vellore showed that the Jayalalitha Peravai is being used as a launching pad for rejuvenating party activities in the districts. Mr. Dinakaran called upon the Peravai members to see that the Peravai functioned as a service organisation which took up the issues of the people and attempted to find solutions to them. He asked them to address the local problems of the people such as non- availability of commodities in fair price shops and distraint proceedings against defaulters of cooperative loans.

Keeping the imminent Assembly elections in mind, Mr.Dinakaran asked the members to constitute five-member committee in each Assembly constituency and attend to the job of enlisting new voters and rectifying defects in voters' lists. Booth committees should be appointed for the purpose, he said.

Mr. P. Neelakandan, Vellore district secretary of the Peravai presided over the meeting and read out the resolutions. The Peravai passed a resolution condemning the Central Government for having increased the prices of essential commodities such as rice, kerosene, LPG and fertilizers and the State Government for having defended the price hike.

Mr. R. Samy, Tamil Nadu MGR Youth Wing secretary, Mr.K.Dharmalingam, the Vellore west district AIADMK secretary and Mr.M.S.Chandrasekharan, Vellore east district AIADMK secretary and Mr.R.Margabandhu, MP, were among those who spoke at the meeting.