AIADMK crackdown continues: OPS-EPS 'relieves' Coimbatore MP from key post, expels 155 members

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.

 AIADMK crackdown continues: OPS-EPS relieves Coimbatore MP from key post, expels 155 members

File image of O Panneerselvam and E Palaniswamy. PTI

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.

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Updated Date: Jan 30, 2018 14:34:40 IST