Five days after expelling deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvamâ€™s brother O Raja from the party, the AIADMK revoked his expulsion on Monday.
In a statement signed by both O Panneerselvam and Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, it has been stated that O Raja, the former President of Periyakulam Municipality, expressed regret for his actions in writing and also in person and hence he is brought back to the party. â€śSince he expressed regret for his actions in a letter and also in person and requested us to take him back in the party, from today, he will resume his membership and is permitted to carry on party-work,â€ť reads the statement in Tamil.
The AIADMK expelled O Raja on December 19 for anti-party activities accusing him of acting him in a manner that brings disrepute to the party. The expulsion order signed by O Panneerselvam and Edappadi Palaniswami stated that Raja was being expelled for 'working against party principles, for acting in a way that brings taint to the party and for violating rules and acting in a way that will defame the party'. The statement also urged the cadres to sever all ties with him.
Though it was initially alleged that the action against deputy Chief Ministerâ€™s brother was over his meeting with Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) Chief TTV Dhinakaran in September, sources told TNM that the expulsion is a result of infighting. Raja's decision to contest elections in the Tamil Nadu Cooperative Milk Producers Federation from Madurai has angered factions in the party, leading to his dismissal.