Chennai :  A day after senior AIADMK leader and former Member of Parliament K Malaisamy jumped the gun declaring that Jayalalithaa would be too happy to back BJP leader Narendra Modi’s Government should a need arise, he was summarily sacked from the party.

Malaisamy, a former bureaucrat who had served as the State Election Commissioner, has been with the AIADMK since the late nineties after his retirement. On Wednesday while participating in a debate in a television news channel, he said: “Modi is a great friend of Jayalalithaa, they may differ politically. If he becomes the Prime Minister then Madam would like (to have) close ties.”

Presumably angered over this, Jayalalithaa on Thursday issued a statement announcing his summary expulsion from the AIADMK. She accused him of bringing disrepute to the party by making statements contrary to the AIADMK’s policies. “I appeal to all party cadres not to have any truck with Malaisamy,” she said.

“The usual practice in our party is to toe the line taken by your leader (Jayalalithaa). Malaisamy perhaps got carried away and declared that the AIADMK would back Modi. Such things are to be decided only by Madam and not anyone else,” a senior leader said.

The expulsion, like previous actions against the party’s second line leaders, is unlikely to have any impact for two reasons. One Malaisamy, who belongs to the Thevar community, a dominant OBC caste, is not a mass leader. Two, in the AIADMK nobody else matters other than Jayalalithaa.

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