Two days after AIADMK mouthpiece Namadhu MGR took a strong stand against the Centre's alleged interference in the party's politics, its editor Marudhu Alaguraj has been asked to go on leave. He was given no reason for this decision, reports ToI.
According to reports, the poem penned by the editor under his pen name Chitraguptan took on the Modi Government in Saturday's edition. The poem 'Kavi Adi, Kazhagathi Azhi' (paint saffron, destroy AIADMK) spoke about the failures of the BJP leadership. It further accused the Centre of using governors as political agents and law enforcemet agencies as weapons.
The orders were reportedly issued by former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's manager Poongundran, according to ToI. The editor had been appointed during the Jayalalithaa regime in 2010, after he wrote speeches for her public events.
On Monday, AIADMK(Amma) deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran had indicated 'editorial changes'. The management of the paper which is now under the control of Sasikala's nephew Vivek had reportedly noticed the 'black sheep' that brought the party a bad name.
Surprisingly, Dhinkaran refrained from launching a scathing attack against the Centre at his Melur rally as well.