Suspended DMK leader KP Ramalingam joins BJP, says will bring MK Alagiri too
Former Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP KP Ramalingam, who was suspended from the party by MK Stalin in March this year, has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). MK Alagiri's loyalist KP Ramalingam also said he will try to bring the DMK leader into the BJP too.
KP Ramalingam joined the BJP in the presence of BJP state in-charge CT Ravi and BJP state president L Murugan. Pon Radhakrishnan and H Raja were also seen along with the BJP leaders when KP Ramalingam joined the saffron party on Saturday.
In March, KP Ramalingam was suspended from the DMK as a disciplinary action for speaking against a proposal made by MK Stalin on the coronavirus issue.
After joining the BJP, KP Ramalingam said he will try to bring MK Stalin's brother MK Alagiri into the BJP. "I have close relations with MK Alagiri. I will try to bring him to Bharatiya Janta Party," he was quoted.
KP Ramalingam said he was like a brother to MK Alagiri and hence, he will urge the DMK leader to join the BJP.
KP Ramalingam said he will work towards building the BJP. He said when he joined the DMK 30 years ago, the DMK had faced a major setback but, he worked hard to build the DMK.
KP Ramalingam joined the BJP ahead of Home Minister Amit Shah's visit to Chennai on Saturday. Amit Shah will land in Chennai at 1:40 pm. At 4:30 pm, Amit Shah will attend a government function in the city.
Post the government function, Amit Shah will leave for the hotel and at 6:30 pm, the home minister will have a meeting with the party functionaries.
Ramalingam was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1996 as a DMK candidate. He was nominated by the DMK to Rajya Sabha in 2010. Before his stint with the DMK, he was an AIADMK MLA between 1980 and 1984.