Stalin expels ex-MP
Tamil Nadu

Stalin expels ex-MP

S Murari

The DMK president M K Stalin on Sunday expelled former member of Parliament K P Ramalingam for anti-party activities.

Ramalingam, who was the DMK’s agricultural wing secretary is said to be a loyalist of Stalin’s estranged Madurai-based brother M K Alagiri .He was suspended on April 2 and explanations were sought after he criticised Stalin’s call for an all-party meeting to discuss the Covid19 situation.

Stalin said his explanations were not satisfactory and he was therefore being expelled from the party. Ramalingam was with the AIADMK during its initial years and he became notorious after he dragged the then propaganda secretary J Jayalalitha from the gun carriage which was carrying the mortal remains of founder and her mentor M G Ramachandran in December 1987.

In spite of that Jayalalitha gave him ticket to contest the 1996 Lok Sabha polls and was MP till 98. He later joined the DMK and was Rajya Sabha member from 2010 to 16 when he was succeeded by senior member R S Bharathi

He was not given ticket in the recent biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha from the Tamil Nadu Assembly in which the DMK won three seats. From then on he became a loyalist of M K Alagiri, estranged brother of Stalin who was expelled from the party years ago when veterans M Karunanidhi and No 2 K Anbazhagan were alive.