Axing of MLA by EPS-OPS sends strong signal to AIADMK members ahead of elections

Chennai: Miffed over denial of ticket, a sitting MLA of the ruling AIADMK filed his nomination papers as an Independent candidate, but was immdiately expelled from the party for anti-party activities.

AIADMK MLA C Chandrasekaran, who was elected from Senthamangalam in Namkkal district in the 2016 Assembly polls, was denied ticket for the 6 April Assembly polls.

The disgruntled MLA after holding discussions with his supporters decided to enter the fray and filed his nomination papers Thursday. However, a couple of hours later, he was expelled from the party.

In a joint statement, Deputy Chief O Panneerselvam and Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, who are also the AIADMK coordinator and joint coordinator respectively, announced expulsion of Chandrasekaran from the party.

They said he was expelled from the AIADMK for acting in a manner that brought disrepute to the party and for violating the party discipline.

They said, “not only he has filed his papers against the official candidate, but also told the media that he will defeat the candidate nominated by the AIADMK”.

“Hence he is expelled from the primary membership of the party and relieved of all party posts,” they said and urged the AIADMK cadres not to have any links with him.

This action by EPS and OPS is being viewed as a strong signal to disgruntled members ahead of the election.

It was not clear as what action the party will take against former Minister Thoppu N Venkataachalam, who too has entered the fray as an Independent from Perunthurai after he was denied ticket by the AIADMK this time.


NT Bureau