AMMK leader and Former DMK minister Parithi Ilamvazhuthi passed away in Chennai this morning owing to illness.
He died due to a cardiac arrest, family sources said. He was 58. Ilamvazhuthi had represented the Egmore assembly constituency on the DMK ticket for a record six times, from 1989 to 2006.
The DMK was routed in the 1991 elections, held in the wake of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, and he was one of the two MLAs to represent the party in the Assembly.
His performance greatly pleased the DMK leadership and he was made the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly after the DMK came to power in 1996. He became the Minister of Information in the DMK government between 2006 and 2011.
In 2013, he left the DMK and joined the AIADMK. In February 2017, he was expelled from the AIADMK on charges of anti-party activities as he joined the O Panneerselvam camp.
After the unification of the EPS and OPS camps in August 2017, he moved to the V K Sasikala camp and was with the AMMK.
DMK president M K Stalin today paid his last respects to Parithi at his Besant Nagar residence. Speaking to mediapersons, Stalin recalled that Parithi had single-handedly tackled the ruling party, led by J Jayalalithaa when the DMK was out of power, in the Assembly.