Senior leader resigns from DMK, says party functions like corporate firm

Politician, film producer, actor and author Pazha Karuppaiah has resigned from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. He joined the party after quitting the AIADMK. He was also a former MLA.

Alleging that the party was being run like a corporate firm, he said that he was tired of it. “So, I met DMK president M K Stalin and announced my decision to leave the party,” he added.

In 2016, a day after AIADMK general secretary and the then Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa expelled him for ‘anti-party activities,’ Pazha Karuppaiah announced his decision to resign from the MLA post. The senior leader represented Harbour constituency in Chennai.

Karuppaiah said he accepted party high-command’s decision wholeheartedly. “I, however, was not sought explanation,” he said, expressing displeasure over the treatment meted out to him.

Earlier, at the anniversary function of Cho S Ramaswamy’s Tughlak magazine, he had said, “Things have reached a stage when the public are being asked by officials to go and meet politicians to get even a water connection. The nexus works between a councillor and the local engineer, or a minister and government secretaries. And they share what they get, a mutually beneficial business.”

“Had bureaucrats not been so corrupt, he added, politicians wouldn’t have been able to make so much money. “Even a councillor who serves people on the ground has three houses, four wives and two cars,” he added.