AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa Friday poached a sulking leader of rival DMK and a former union minister of PMK.
Parithi Ilamvazhuthi,son of a former district secretary of the DMK,was MLA for six terms between 1989 and 2011.
Ilamvazhuthis stock rose when he became one of the only two DMK candidates to make it to the assembly amid the wipe-out of 1991. He was rewarded with the post of deputy speaker in 1996 and was a minister in the previous regime. A prominent Dalit face of the DMK and a powerful orator in and outside the assembly,he had risen through the ranks to become the party’s deputy general secretary. He was believed to be close to M Karunanidhi.
The veteran was,however,defeated in the last assembly election and not long after reports started flowing of his differences with Karunanidhi’s son M K Stalin,who began consolidating power. In October 2011,Ilamvazhuthi resigned as the deputy general secretary after the party revoked the suspension of some of his rivals.
Though Stalin did make conciliatory gestures he inducted his son Parithi Ilamsuruthi in the youth wing and later made him deputy organiser of youth wings north Chennai unit Ilamvazhuthi was apparently not satisfied.