CHENNAI/TIRUNELVELI :After waiting patiently for a long time, Karuppasamy Pandian, a veteran politician with over four decades experience and who is known for his organising skills, returned to his parent party, the AIADMK, on Tuesday after 15 years.
The 66-year-old was waiting for several months for the nod from party general secretary J Jayalalithaa, from whom he received the membership card on Tuesday.
Pandian was suspended from the DMK in May 2015 for anti-party activities, along with ‘Anitha’ R Radhakrishnan. Ahead of May 16 Assembly elections, Pandian vowed to work for the victory of the AIADMK and said that he was awaiting the call from Jayalalithaa.
Pandian entered politics at a very young age when actor-politician MG Ramachandran formed the AIADMK in 1972. When in his mid-20s, he was elected to the State Assembly from Alangulam constituency in 1977. After his victory in 1980 Assembly election from Palayamkottai, he was made the secretary of undivided Tirunelveli district (including Tuticorin) .
After MGR’s death in 1987, he strongly supported Jayalalithaa as its general secretary. He rose to the level of AIADMK’s deputy general secretary in 1996. He was expelled from AIADMK twice in 1990 and 1999. In 2000, he joined the DMK and continued there till 2015.