In a show of strength, thousands of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) volunteers accorded a rousing reception to newly appointed DMK district secretary V. Muthuramalingam when he arrived here on Saturday after meeting DMK working president M.K. Stalin in Chennai.
Party men in a convoy of more than 300 cars received Mr. Muthuramalingam at Parthibanur, the entry point of the district.
Mr. Muthuramalingam accepted shawls and garlands at an event organised at a marriage hall.
Mr. Muthuramalingam, son of DMK’s two time MLA S. Vellaichamy alias Kather Batcha replaced Mr. Suba Tha Diwakaran, son of former minister Suba Thangavelan as district secretary. Both Thangavelan and Diwakaran and his supporters were conspicuous by their absence in the receptions.
Party men hailed the appointment of new district secretary. “We are happy that the party has finally been relieved from the control of the single family of former Minister Suba Thangavelan,” party workers said.
The appointment of Mr Muthuramalingam, who was Kamuthi union secretary, marked the end of ‘family rule’ in the district, they said and raised slogans in support of the new district secretary and Mr Stalin.
Ever since N.S.K. Sathyendran was relieved, the district secretary post lay with Mr. Thangavelan’s family. When the DMK removed him from the post, Mr. Thangavelan managed to get the post for his son Suba Tha Sampath and then to second son Suba Tha Diwakaran.
The latter unsuccessfully contested from Thiruvadanai assembly constituency in the 2016 Assembly elections and lost to actor Karunas.