AIADMK crackdown continues: OPS-EPS 'relieves' Coimbatore MP from key post, expels 155 members
The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday removed its Coimbatore Lok Sabha MP from a key party post, while expelling more than 150 office bearers there and in Kancheepuram district.
Chennai: Continuing with the crackdown on dissidents in the wake of its RK Nagar bypoll defeat, the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday removed its Coimbatore Lok Sabha MP from a key party post, while expelling more than 150 office bearers there and in Kancheepuram district.
AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam and co-coordinator K Palaniswamy said in a joint statement that AP Nagarajan was being "relieved" as the presidium chairman of the party's Coimbatore urban unit.
They also expelled 155 office-bearers of the party, including 137 from the party's Kancheepuram West and its sub-units.
Eighteen of those belonging to Coimbatore Urban were also shown the door.
Palaniswamy and Panneerselvam, who merged the factions led by them in August 2017, had in December, 2017 warned of action against those who go against the party line, following its loss in the 21 December RK Nagar Assembly bypoll which was won by sidelined party leader TTV Dhinakaran.
They had earlier too expelled a number of functionaries, while stripping some of the key aides of Dhinakaran of party posts.
The members were being expelled from AIADMK as they went against party principles and "brought disrepute" to it, Panneerselvam and Palaniswamy said in the statement.
They asked their party workers not to have any truck with those expelled.
On Monday, the two leaders had sacked as many as 117 office-bearers of Sivaganga district.
'Victorious' TTV Dhinakaran rejects AIADMK's 'tacit understanding with DMK' charge: Expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala calls on him
Sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran on Monday rejected the E Palaniswamy-led ruling camp's charge of a 'tacit understanding' between him and DMK in the RK Nagar by-election, which he won.
If there is one thing Dhinakaran's victory has confirmed, it is that the EPS-OPS government's expiry date is nearing. Since February, when EPS won the trust vote managed by keeping MLAs in captivity at the resort outside Chennai, the government has not faced an electoral test. RK Nagar was therefore seen as a mini-referendum on how the people of Tamil Nadu, more so in the state capital, perceived their government. The result shows EPS and OPS have failed the test.