Chennai, Oct 16: A couple of days after being named as one of the official members for taking part in TV debates, the principal Opposition DMK late on Monday night relieved Rajya Sabha Member T K S Elangovan of the post of party spokesperson, which he had been holding for quite some time.
Right now, Elangovan is just one of seven spokespersons officially authorised to attend media interviews on behalf of the party. In a terse statement, DMK general secretary K Anbazahgan said Elangovan was relieved of the post. However, no reason was assigned for this.
The removal of Elangovan from the post of ‘sole’ party spokesperson indicates the growing distance between DMK chief MK Stalin and Elangovan. The reasons for Stalin’s dissatisfaction are said to be many.
There was a difference of opinion inside DMK about the way Elangovan dealt with Alagiri’s rebellion. Criticism was raised against Elangovan as he was not fully following the official party line. The other recent controversy was about the invitation of leaders to the ceremony of unveiling a copper statue of former DMK president late M Karunanidhi in Chennai on August 7. Recently, while speaking to a TV channel about the ceremony, Elangovan allegedly said to have made some ‘loose talk’.
Apart from revealing the fact that the Congress leader Sonia Gandhi had been invited, he also allegedly said the AIADMK leaders had not invited. This controversial TV interview had drawn flak against Elangovan within DMK. The current fallout of removal from the exclusive spokesperson post and keeping him as one among the seven spokespersons is considered as a warning from Stalin. UNI