AIADMK cadres broke into a minor brawl in front of State Information and Publicity minister Kadambur C Raju in Thoothukudi on Sunday. The argument was over who gets to speak first in the meeting organised for polling booth agents in Vilathikulam, said reports.
The meeting, which saw the participation of Minister Kadambur Raju, was organised at a private wedding hall in Vilathikulam. Former MLAs, GV Markandeyan and P Chinnappan, were also present on the dais.
According to news reports, before the meeting started, a section of the party members demanded that GV Markandeyan be allowed to speak first whereas another section of members wanted P Chinnappan to address the gathering first. What started out as an opinion became a heated argument and within minutes, a brawl ensued with people throwing chairs at each other.
After the intervention of the minister and the police personnel posted there, the fighting stopped and the meeting took place. Another scuffle took place earlier in the day in Udangudi, Thoothukudi, over the appointment of party functionaries. This also happened in the presence of the minister.
The minister had come to inaugurate road development works and other projects in and around his constituency, Kovilpatti. GV Markandeyan was the AIADMK legislator from Vilathikulam constituency from 2011-2016 and P Chinnappan was his predecessor in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly. The constituency now has no representatives in the assembly since K Uma Maheswari, the elected legislator from Vilathikulam, is one of the 18 MLAs who was disqualified by Speaker P Dhanapal in 2017.
In May, a minor fight broke out between two groups of AIADMK workers in Erode district after the results of the Veerappanchattiram cooperative society were declared. The warring groups, which engaged in the brawl, were led by Erode East MLA KS Thennarasuâ€™s brother and former Deputy Mayor KC Palanisamy.