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Chennai, Nov 21 : Former DMK MP K P Ramalingam, who was initially suspended and later dismissed from the party, on Saturday joined the BJP and was likely to meet Union Home
Minister Amit Shah later in the day. A staunch loyalist of expelled DMK leader and former Union Minister M K Alagiri, he joined the BJP in the presence of party State Unit Chief L Murugan, party Tamil Nadu in-charge C T Ravi and Sudhakar Reddy.
Admitting Mr Ramalingam into the party fold, Mr Ravi handed him over the membership card. He was also likely to meet Mr Amit Shah in the evening.
Later, talking to reporters Mr Ramalingam said he would make efforts to bring Mr Alagiri, who is the elder son of late DMK Chief M Karunanidhi, into the BJP fold.
‘As a supporter of Alagiri, I will try to make him join the BJP’, he added.
Mr Murugan said the BJP was strengthened with the joining of Mr Ramalingam into the party.
Mr Ramalingam was first suspended from the DMK and as Agriculture Wing Secretary on March 30 this year by Party President M K Stalin for expressing himself against convening an all-party meeting to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic as demanded by Mr Stalin.
He was issued a show case notice asking why discplinary action should not be taken against him for airing his views against the Party High Command.
On April 12, Mr Stalin permanently dismissed him from the party and from the primary membership stating that the explanation given by him was not acceptable.
Mr Ramalingam was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1996 on DMK ticket and was later nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 2010.
He was earlier an AIADMK MLA from Rasipuram in 1980 and 1984.