A day after he hinted at a possible post-poll tie-up between the NDA led by Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK, civil servant-turned-politician K Malaisamy was expelled from the party Thursday for violating its principles.
Malaisamy was removed from the primary membership of the AIADMK for “violating party principles and ideologies, and for bringing disrepute through his activities,” Jayalalithaa said without elaborating. The party cadre was also asked not to have any relationship with the expelled member.
During an interaction with a TV news agency, Malaisamy referred to the camaraderie Modi and Jaya shared to predict the two would have close ties if the Gujarat chief minister becomes prime minister.
While he was only giving words to an idea that has been unspoken in the party for long, it flew contrary to the position Jaya has adopted where she has preferred to remain non-committal until the results are declared Friday.
Despite Jaya’s studied ambivalence, Malaisamy’s comment was widely picked up and interpreted by the media as the beginning of backroom efforts to warm up to the BJP-led NDA. Malaisamy was expelled before noon on Thursday and the ambivalence was restored.
AIADMK-watchers said that beyond speaking out of turn, Malaisamy’s actual mistake may have been the effusive praise he heaped on Modi during his media interaction. The country, he said, needed a strong leader like Modi – comments that undermined Jaya in the eyes of her loyalists.
Malaisamy was the home secretary when Jaya became CM for the first time in 1991. Coming to power in the aftermath of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, she was insistent on flushing out Tamil militants, especially the LTTE, from Tamil Nadu. As the home secretary, Malaisamy was instrumental in this operation.
He was also the state election commissioner for four years before retiring in 1998.
Soon after retirement, Jaya, then in the opposition, offered him a Lok Sabha ticket in the 1999 elections. Malaisamy contested and won from Ramanathapuram.
Although he was denied a ticket for re-election, Jaya sent him to the Rajya Sabha in 2005.