Veterinarian and farmer, KP Ramalingam is from Salem district and belongs to the Gounder community, which reigns in the western region of Tamil Nadu.
KP Ramalingam was suspended from the DMK earlier this year for “violation” of party discipline. Twitter @ BJP4TamilNadu_640
Chennai: Former DMK MP KP Ramalingam joined the BJP here on Saturday and said he will try to convince expelled Dravidian party leader MK Alagiri to join the Saffron party.
Ramalingam joined the BJP in the presence of the national secretary general and responsible for Tamil Nadu, CT Ravi and the president of the Tamil Nadu unit, L Murugan, at the party office in Chennai before the visit of the top leader and minister of the Interior of the Union Amit Shah in the metropolis.
The former Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MP said he would try to convince Alagiri, whom he supported until the end while he was at DMK, to join the BJP, adding however that a decision should not be made. be taken only by him.
Ramalingam was suspended from the DMK earlier this year for ‘violating’ party discipline for expressing a point of view against the party’s request for a multi-party meeting to discuss the coronavirus pandemic. He was also relieved of his post as secretary of the agriculture wing.
Welcoming him into the fold of the party, Ravi said on his Twitter account: “It is a good sign that former DMK Thiru MP Dr KP Ramalingam joined @ BJP4TamilNadu on the day UnionHome Minister Sri @ AmitShah will travel to Chennai. This will not only weaken DMK and its base, but further strengthen the BJP across the state. “
Expressing confidence that Ramalingam’s entry would strengthen his party, the top leader welcomed him. Senior leaders from Tamil Nadu including Pon Radhakrishnan, CP Radhakrishnan and H Raja were present.
Ramalingam, 66, a staunch supporter of Alagiri, stood by his side when a quiet battle unfolded to succeed Karunanidhi in the DMK as party leader years ago. .
The late Patriarch, however, had given many indications over the years that his choice and that of the party would be Stalin who eventually became party chairman after Karunanidhi’s death in 2018. Alagiri, expelled in 2014, could not come back. at the party since then.
Ramalingam was among more than 30 party leaders who were suspended following the party’s rout in Lok Sabha polls in 2014 and the former MP then called the party’s decision autocratic and later alleged the witch hunt. In 2015, the party appointed him state secretary for the Farmers’ Wing although he had been disciplined earlier.
Ramalingam was elected to the 11th Lok Sabha (1996-97) of Tiruchengode on a DMK ticket and the party also sent him to the Rajya Sabha (2010-16). Before joining the DMK, he was with the AIADMK and was elected in the Rasipuram constituency in the 1980 and 1984 Assembly elections.
After the death of AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran in 1987, he threw his weight behind Janaki Ammal, wife of the late Chief Minister. Veterinarian and farmer, he is originally from the district of Salem and belongs to the Gounder community, which dominates in the western region of Tamil Nadu.
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