CHENNAI/PUDUCHERRY: Former PMK Lok Sabha member M Ramadass on Friday called on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa in Chennai and joined the party. He received the party membership card from the CM. AIADMK’s Pondicherry unit in-charge P Purushothaman was present on the occasion.
“I will work tirelessly to help AIADMK capture power in the 2016 Assembly elections,” Ramadass told mediapersons after joining the party.
The 64-year-old economist was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2004 on a PMK ticket from Puducherry and served till 2009. Thereafter, he lost the 2009 Lok Sabha elections to Union Minister V Narayanasamy, following which he quit PMK and rejoined Pondicherry University as an economics professor. Subsequently, he served as dean, School of Management and director Board of Studies, Education, Rural Construction, Pondicherry University. Just before the 2014 elections, he took voluntary retirement from the university and contested the Puducherry Lok Sabha seat as an independent.
He said he wanted to serve the people under the dynamic leadership and administrative acumen of the party leader. “I was attracted by these qualities in Amma and wanted to work under her to bring an AIADMK government to power,” said Ramadass.
She has a vision and mission for development and welfare and has been able to put Tamil Nadu in the forefront, said Ramadass. She has been sincerely following her vision to develop the State. Puducherry would also be able to develop if AIADMK comes to power, Ramadass added.