Chennai: The ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu today
suspended a senior party member for his reported outbursts
against the Congress which is supporting the government from
outside in the state.
Muthazhagan has been temporarily suspended from the
primary membership of the party and from all posts following
reports that he had "spoken ill of the Congress" and for
speaking in a manner that violated party`s discipline, DMK
General Secretary K Anbazhagan said in a press release here.
DMK is a key ally in the Congress-led UPA at the Centre.
In a violation of the party`s directive, Muthazhagan, a
senior platform speaker, had also reportedly criticised former
Union Minister and senior Congress leader E V K S Elangovan
for his remarks about the DMK government.
A few days ago, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, irked over
Elangovan`s critical remarks about his government, had warned
that such utterances would "hurt" DMK-Congress ties.
Elangovan had slammed the DMK government for not giving
due credit to the UPA for some centrally assisted schemes and
questioned its action for naming a housing scheme after
Karunanidhi when the Centre was "funding two thirds of the
"Instead of strengthening cordial relations between the
two parties, such comments by E V K S Elangovan will only hurt
it," Karunanidhi had said, refuting the charges.
The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee had also asserted that
the ties between the parties were strong and none could weaken
it. TNCC president K V Thangkabalu also sought to remind party
leaders and workers of the gag order issued against speaking
about alliances in public.