AIADMK expelled former minister, Parliamentarian, and the party’s minorities wing secretary Anwar Raja after his pointed critique of the top brass’s functioning at a district secretaries meeting.
In a press release late on Tuesday, O Panneerselvam and Edappadi K Palaniswami, the coordinator and joint coordinator of AIADMK, announced that Raja was removed from all party posts, besides scrapping his party membership. “For his anti-party activities and intent to harm the reputation of the party, he is hereby removed from all posts, including his basic membership in the party," they said.
Recently, Raja had stirred the hornet’s nest by being vocal in his criticism of the party leadership. At a district secretaries meeting, Raja had risen to deliver a pointed critique of the party’s opaque functioning and losing sight of the larger goals set by the party founder MG Ramachandran and icon J Jayalalithaa. Raja was heckled, and, according to an interview he’d given to a news channel, asked to leave.