STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Amid Rift, Divided DMK May Score Self-goal at Thoothukudi

The rivalry between DMK’s district secretary N Periyasamy and Tiruchendur MLA Anitha R Radhakrishnan is set to severely dent the prospects of party’s Thoothukudi candidate in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Published: 19th March 2014 07:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th March 2014 07:58 AM   |  A+A-

The rivalry between DMK’s district secretary N Periyasamy and Tiruchendur MLA Anitha R Radhakrishnan is set to severely dent the prospects of party’s Thoothukudi candidate in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

The rift between the DMK biggies came out in the open during party’s treasurer M K Stalin’s visit to the constituency for campaigning on Sunday. According to sources, Periyasamy humiliated Radhakrishnan by giving prominence to low ranked members and relegating him during the meeting.

Further, several prominent leaders were conspicuous by their absence during Stalin’s campaign, prominent among them was Thoothukudi MP S R Jeyadurai, sources added.

Radhakrishnan has been shunning party activities ever since Jagan Periyasamy was announced the party candidate for Thoothukudi constituency.

“His indifference came to such a pass that he left for Madurai after the announcement and returned only a few days ahead of Stalin’s visit,” sources said.  “Though Radhakrishnan has a huge following in Tiruchendur, he failed to mobilise the cadre during Stalin visit. Not more than 500 people, including the functionaries from coalition parties, were present during the Stalin meeting,” a senior functionary said. 

Radhakrishnan served as a Minister during AIADMK’s previous stint and had shifted his loyalty to DMK in 2009 after his expulsion from the former party. Sources said that Radhakrishnan’s meteoric rise in the party had not gone down well with the Periyasamy-led faction.

Supporters of both the leaders had often taken their fight to public places in the past.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp