DMK suspends MLA following row over indirect polls

Continuing its action over allegations against party functionaries who worked against official nominees of allies and party candidates in the just concluded indirect polls to elect chairpersons of urban local bodies, the ruling DMK on Sunday suspended its MLA, Ko Ayyappan. 

Ayyappan is suspended from the primary party membership and all other responsibilities as he violated party discipline and acted in a way that could bring disrepute to the party, DMK general secretary Duraimurugan said in a party release. 

The legislator belongs to Cuddalore east party district and represents the coastal Cuddalore Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu. Indirect polls on March 4 to elect chairpersons of municipalities and town panchayats, witnessed fights and high drama in several regions of the state. Elected ward members of local bodies elected one among them as chairpersons and deputy chairpersons.