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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    Jan 4, 2016 at 1:47 am
  2. मनीष
    Jan 4, 2016 at 1:03 am
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    1. P
      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.
      1. P
        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.
        1. T
          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.
            1. K
              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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