B T Arasakumar, vice-president of the BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit, on Thursday joined the DMK, days after praising party president M K Stalin as future Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
He was in the DMK from 1990 to 95. He joined the BJP thereafter and became vice-president of the State unit only recently.
Arasakumar was kept out of party affairs immediately after he praised Stalin at a wedding function at his native Pudukottai on Dec 1.
He said at the function that Stalin could have manoeuvred and come to power when the AIADMK split after J Jayalalitha’s death and 123 MLAs were sequestered in a resort. But he conducted himself with dignity and shunned shortcut to power.
The party did not accept his explanation that he only being courteous as he shared the dais with Stalin at the function. It recommended his removal to the central leadership in Delhi.
With his exit imminent, Arasakumar met Stalin at DMK headquarters and joined the party.
His exit is an embarrassment for the State BJP as he has only returned to the DMK, its bitter ideological rival.
The State BJP is already headless after the appointment of president Tamilisai Soundararajan as Telangana Governor. She was shunted out after she lost to DMK’s Kanimozhi in Thoothukudi in the recent Lok Sabha elections. Now it has lost the vice-president also.
It has no MP or MLA from Tamil Nadu.