Following a complaint from Perundurai AIADMK Union Secretary Vijayan (A) Ramasamy at the Perundurai police station yesterday that independent candidate and sitting MLA Thoppu Venkatachalam, who is contesting from the Perundurai assembly constituency, was campaigning with the AIADMK flag in his car, Thoppu removed the flag in his car following advice from police.
As Thoppu was not given ticket by AIADMK and fieled Jayakumar as candidate, Thoppu was contesting as independent.
So, the party removed him from all responsibilities, including basic membership. In this situation, he has been collecting votes independently for the last 4 days under the coconut grove symbol.
But, his car has the AIADMK flag and he was collecting votes wearing the AIADMK border dhoti. Following this Vijayan lodged a complaint at the Perundurai police station seeking action on him.
So, Perundurai DSP Selvaraj and Inspector Thangam went to confiscate the vehicle in which he was campaigning in the Chinnaveerasangili and informed about this.
Immediately Thoppu himself removed the flag and announced in the mike that this was the punishment for his service in AIADMK.