Days after chaotic scenes unfolded from a BJP event in Tamil Nadu's Kallakurichi district, Tamil Nadu BJP President Annamalai has on Friday - January 13 expelled a senior party leader in the district, accusing the latter of breaching the party's principles.
Expelled senior leader Arur Ravi was serving as the party's vice president in the Kallakurichi district. The expulsion has come when Ravi's supporters engaged in a clash with the party cadres during an event that held last week. The visuals from the event had shown that Ravi's faction and its rival were seen altercating and hurling chairs over each other.
The event involved a meeting organized by BJP's Kallakurichi district president and it was held in Sankarapuram during which the functionaries discussed Shakti Kendra posts for Rishivandhiyam, Sankarapuram, and Kallakurichi constituencies. During the meeting, Kallakurichi district BJP president brought an overhaul in the membership of Shakti Kendra, which is a formation of six to eight booth-level volunteers in the party.
The change of members announced by the Kallakurichi BJP president led to an argument between supporters of Arur Ravi and West Union Secretary Ramachandran. The argument later erupted into a clash as they attacked and hurled chairs on each other. The visuals displayed the violent fight between the cadres, which put the party in the bad light.
The incident went to the attention of the state BJP leadership and days after the chaotic event, BJP Tamil Nadu chief Annamalai has announced that BJP vice president of Kallakurichi, Arur Ravi has been expelled from the party. In a statement that he issued on Friday, Annamalai said Ravi has been fired from the party's post and from the primary membership.
Annamalai said, "As Arur Ravi, the vice president of BJP in Kallakurichi, has been breaching the party's regulation and acting to bring disrepute to the party, he is expelled from the party's post and from the primary membership. Therefore, all the party functionaries and cadres are instructed not to exercise any party-related ties with him."