Ponraj resigned his job as a scientist in the Aeronautical Development Agency

Kalams adviser Ponraj plunges into TN politics
news TN 2016 Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 08:43

V. Ponraj, scientific adviser to former President APJ Abdul Kalam announced his entry into politics at a rally in Virudhunagar district on Saturday. 

He said he would declare the name of the new party and hoist its flag after paying tributes at Kalam's memorial in Rameswaram.

The Hindu reports that Ponraj addressed a huge gathering of youth that camped at his native Thonugal village in Virudhunagar district to persuade him to launch a political party.

He said it was not merely for a change but for the transformation of Tamil Nadu into a developed State.

Ponraj had resigned his job as a scientist in the Aeronautical Development Agency with a plan to take up farming, and expressed concern that agricultural activity and productivity were suffering a steady decline in the State.

Later talking to reporters, Mr. Ponraj said the party would soon launch a website and commence the process of enrolling cadres online.

However, district-wise units would be started to reach out to the people in the rural areas and enrol them.

“We want to choose candidates from each constituency and impart training that will enrich them intellectually and politically to face the election. There will be 60:40 ratio of youth and others in selection of candidates… All are welcome to join us...men, women and transgenders.”


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