DMDK chief Vijayakanth faced a revolt in the party on Tuesday when 10 senior functionaries, including three MLAs and propaganda secretary, questioning his decision to align with the PWF, shortly after which they were expelled.
“Since they violated party discipline, besmirched and brought disrepute to the the party, they are expelled from their respective posts and primary membership of the party,” Vijayakanth said in a statement.
V C Chandrakumar, MLA and propaganda secretary, led other party functionaries to question Vijaykanth’s choice of alliance.
They wanted their chief to join hands with the M Karunanidhi led-Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), in order to “oust Jayalalithaa from power.”
The DMK was already poaching officer bearers and cadres of the DMDK and Tuesday’s development only comes as a morale booster for the DMK, which was stunned by Vijayakanth’s decision to dump it. The PWF coordinator and MDMK general secretary Vaiko alleged that this was inspired by Stalin and asserted that “these cheap tactics will not work and DMK will end up third in the contest.”
Vaiko alleged that the DMK was offering huge sums of money to the DMDK leaders to defect.
Vijayakanth’s decision would help Jayalalithaa, said DMDK propaganda secretary VK Chandrakumar in a press conference on Tuesday before being suspended. “The decision to go with PWF is nothing but committing suicide,” he said. He was dismissed within couple of hours of his outburst.
The answer came in quick and fast with DMDK leadership dismissing all party men who spoke out of turn against Captain Vijayakanth and his decision. Said DMDK MLA Muthukumar, “few people eloping, will not affect the DMDK. In our party, anyone named by Vijayakanth is the leader, is the office bearer.”
The revolting DMDK leaders had personally met Vijayakanth and informed him of their demand.
(With inputs from PTI)