Suspended DMK member and former Member of Parliament, KP Ramalingam, has joined the BJP today in Chennai in the presence of BP national general secretary CT Ravi and state BJP chief L Murugan.
KP Ramalingam is also scheduled to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah today.
Speaking to media persons after joining the BJP, Ramaingam said he will try to bring DMK chief 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 as saying by ANI.
"This will not only weaken DMK and its base but further strengthen BJP across the State," C.T. Ravi, BJP's National General Secretary and in-charge of party's Tamil Nadu unit opined.
In a tweet Ravi also said: "With Union Home Minister Sri @AmitShah coming to Chennai today, LOTUS (BJPs election symbol) is going to bloom across Tamil Nadu in a very BIG way."
Ramalingam was removed from DMK in April for speaking against the party leadership.
He is the second leader from DMK to have joined BJP in the recent times.
Earlier former Assembly Deputy Speaker V.P. Duraisamy quit DMK and joined BJP.
Later DMK law maker K.K.Selvam also criticised DMK leadership and supported BJP. But Selvam denied that he had joined BJP.