Former AIADMK minister Thoppu Venkatachalam was on Friday expelled from the party. The action was taken against the sitting MLA after he filed nomination as an independent candidate from Perundurai since he was not given a ticket.
An official note signed by the Co-ordinator O Paneerselvam and the Deputy Coordinator Edappadi Palanisamy said, “Mr Thoppu N D Venkatachalam MLA of Perundurai in Erode district is being removed from all the responsibilities of the party, including the primary membership of the party, for reasons including acting against the policies and aims of the party, functioning against the decorum of the party, violating the regulations of the party’s constitution by filing an independent nomination against the party’s official candidate from Perundurai Assembly constituency thereby bringing a bad name to the party”.
The AIADMK has also asked members of the party not to keep any contact with him. It is noteworthy that similar action was taken by the party on Thursday where MLA Chandrasekaran was expelled for the same reason of filing an independent nomination. Thoppu Venkatachalam is the third MLA from AIADMK who has been expelled from the party ahead of the 2021 elections.
Earlier MLA MSR Rajavaraman was expelled from the party after he quit and joined rival party Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam led by TTV Dinakaran. That was followed by the expulsion of MLA Chandrasekaran of Senthamangalam constituency in Namakkal district.
This is a significant move in the political climate of the state where the last date to file nominations is March 19 for the Assembly election that is set to be conducted on April 6.