AIADMK leader loses post after controversial interview

Critical remarks on BJP and other parties in the interview also led to his removal.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: January 4, 2016 2:36 am
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The deputy propaganda secretary of the AIADMK has been removed from his post reportedly because he made “insensitive remarks” about the Chennai floods during a television interview.

Chief Minister and AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa issued a one-line statement on Saturday night saying Nanjil Sampath “is being relieved from the post of deputy propaganda secretary of AIADMK”.

Party sources said that Jayalalithaa took the decision in the wake of Sampath’s interview to a Tamil news channel. During the interview, which has gone viral on social media, Sampath was asked the logic behind the “extravagance” of the AIADMK’s general body meeting on December 31 when the city is yet to recover from the recent floods. Sampath reportedly answered “why should a wedding be cancelled if there is a death in the neighbour’s house”.

Sampath added that the argument that people were still suffering from the impact of the floods was not true. “Actually, all of them have recovered completely from the floods with the help of Amma,” he said.

Asked why Jayalalithaa did not meet the flood victims, when she had done so during other disasters such as the tsunami, Sampath claimed that people know her and they do not have any complaints about it.

Sources said that Sampath’s critical remarks on the BJP and other parties during the interview could also have led to his removal.

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First Published on: January 4, 2016 12:44 am
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    Indus
    Jan 4, 2016 at 1:47 am
    Yesdeedo
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    1. मनीष
      Jan 4, 2016 at 1:03 am
      You are free to call me anything you want. My objective has been achieved. Thanks for reading the comment. If you want to contribute to the war against terrorism in India, now you know what to do. Again, thanks for reading the comment.
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        Pat
        Jan 3, 2016 at 9:50 pm
        Madrasis please overcome your fixation for jayalalithas rajnikants the crook who wears dark gles, they are not Gods, the floods could not be controlled by these material thieves, so why are you bent on lowering yourselves and worshipping these devils, how cheap can you get. Vote for honest people, chidu, antony and these actors are shameless.
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          Pat
          Jan 4, 2016 at 2:25 am
          Raoul ghandy has proved to be an anti national along with sonia's slaves, I agree . Also common man comes before any politician, my heart cried for people of chennai, did these so called political representatives face any agony? Empty compion, be selfish thinknabout your family research and then caste your vote. Look kejriwal more allegations false promises 400% ry hike what a con man.
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            TIHAEwale
            Jan 3, 2016 at 10:34 am
            Nanjil Sampath is a little more better speaker usually than seen from Dravidian party stables who are notorious for spewing venom against rivals. Also Jaya is known to raise and dump party men without explaining . So this need not be end of road for Sampath in AIADMK all he has to do is to maintain low profile fo a couple of months
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              Sornam Alagarsamy
              Jan 3, 2016 at 1:25 pm
              I want to state the removal of Mr Sampath will onlya great loss to AIADMK. He is an excellent communicator in AIADMK. There is no other best communicator. AIADMK can request Mr Panruti Ramachandran or Mr Ponnaiyan to tv meets. now that AIADMK has not learned any lessons. Only Election defeat will teach thema good lesson. we know they will join with BJP . But Tamilnadu this time will givea different poll results.
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                kamila
                Jan 3, 2016 at 10:42 am
                nanjil sampath is good speaker he is always duty conscious ,in the past interviews he shows his excellence when he was in MDMK,and now ,what happens?now the media doing is its duty perfectly without editing once vijayakanth teach them what is democracy?
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                  Ashok Kalingarayan
                  Jan 4, 2016 at 6:31 am
                  Lol, you cannot be insensitive when giving interview. Telling that a Wedding cannot be postponed when Death in Neighboring home, is in directly telling the electorate that ADMK does not consider Chennai and its people as family or worse as some outsider
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                    Bijan Mohanty
                    Jan 3, 2016 at 2:25 pm
                    AIDMK should be very careful about its alliance with BJP. BJP now is a sinking boat under Narendra Modiji's leadership.
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                      cyclist 2011
                      Jan 4, 2016 at 12:58 am
                      Are the likes of Modi and Rahul any better do you think? More honest? more caring?
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                        Hindusthani
                        Jan 3, 2016 at 10:09 am
                        Nanjil Sambath will be joining very soon the DMK party as well which is majority tamil people choise today as chief minister Mr.Stalin . Jayalalitha become very arrogant lady and over headweight. Most of desaster money jaya and Sasikala took for them as well it's in swiss bank account of benami name of Jaya.
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                          Lovely
                          Jan 4, 2016 at 3:30 am
                          5 security personnel have been killed -- where is our award wapsi brigade?
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                            Jigsaw Kemerton
                            Jan 3, 2016 at 9:12 pm
                            Are you mental? What this news has got to do with your comment? Imbecile.
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                              Jigsaw Kemerton
                              Jan 3, 2016 at 9:14 pm
                              Are you mental? What this news has got to do with your comment? Imbecile.
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                                naidu kare
                                Jan 3, 2016 at 9:28 pm
                                Imbecile insane khaki cheddis language
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                                  Naresh
                                  Jan 5, 2016 at 11:16 pm
                                  Dont talk like a separatists....We are all indian first and then comes our regional ideny...we are not like certain section of people who has selected 10 fail as their deputy Chief Minister nor have produced prime ministers who have created Brindenwale's and Dawoods. When you have fixation for Amitabh and khans who hate India..what is wrong we have having fixation for Jayas and Rajinikanths?
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                                    Ramesh Ganapathy PMP®
                                    Jan 3, 2016 at 3:48 pm
                                    Lesson learn “Do NOT through others weight”, while we appreciate CM’s swift action it’s important to do lot of home work and have enough data points while giving TV interviews especially with the data man like Mr. Panday. Let that be English/ Tamil it can only help to articulate but subject matter is essential. Overnight AIADMK will replace him with Mr.Panruti Ramachandran or Mr.Ma Fai Pandian but think about Nanjil Sampath he can’t go to DMK, DMDK, MDMK, Congress, PMK, BJP or even to TMC. Even your own top leaders are NOT expecting party men / women to show loyalty through “street fight” in TV interviews. Please be ured that common people won’t believe everything without interpreting in our own way, so don’t worry and over shout others during the TV debates – keep cool and make the programs meaningful/ informative with enough data points and words which bring harmony among the viewers to win the hearts/ minds of common people. Most importantly accepting the mistakes are not wrong.
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                                      Senthil Prasanth
                                      Jan 4, 2016 at 6:23 pm
                                      Apparently you need to clear your own backyard before you come around patronizing us, huh?
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                                        Raman
                                        Jan 3, 2016 at 3:40 pm
                                        Well he can go back to MDMK and be relevant , again! Anyway, none of these shenanigans have any shame left.
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                                          undefined
                                          Jan 3, 2016 at 12:50 pm
                                          They too!
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                                            Common Man.
                                            Jan 3, 2016 at 10:45 am
                                            Nanjil Sampath only had spoken the real views of his party on the g celebrations of general body meet.ADMK has literally let down the peoples of Tamilnadu during floods and within one month they have g celebrations. ADMK has been so arrogant all these days and they have not learnt lessons from the recent floods. It appears that dmk moves so closely with all sections of people particularly during stalin campaign. At this juncture it seems dmk will surely utilise this opportunity and win the confidence of peoples to vote them back to power. Large sections of peoples are really unhappy with ADMK particularly after the floods. Except Jayalalitha no one in the Government can speak or take any action which is not the case anywhere in India.
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