Twisting the tale: Former TN BJP leader, who was expected to join DMK, had finally joined ADMK!

Doctor-turned-politician in Tamil Nadu, P Saravanan has again come to the spotlight after playing out a weird politics as he twisted the tale on Wednesday by joining the ADMK, when he was expected to join DMK. With his latest venture, Saravanan took the state by surprise by joining the chaotic and beleaguering ADMK by meeting the party's interim general secretary Edappadi Palaniswami. 

Saravanan was with BJP until he quit from the party late last year. Before joining BJP, Saravanan was with MDMK and DMK parties and now, he has given a new addition to his political venture by joining the ADMK. The development has become the talk of the town and the visuals about his earlier hint of joining the DMK have been going viral on social media. 

Saravanan was former DMK MLA from the Thiruparankundram constituency in Madurai and ADMK is his third political party within two years. Saravanan started his political career as the Madurai Rural Unit Secretary of the MDMK and later, he joined DMK after MDMK denied him a poll ticket to contest in the election. In DMK, he was made the deputy leader of the party's doctor wing.  

During the 2019 bypolls in Thiruparankundram, he contested from the DMK's ticket and won the race by securing 85,434 votes. He defeated ADMK's Muniyandi at a margin of over 2000 votes. During his political tenure with the DMK, Saravanan, as a doctor, claimed that there has been a lot of discrepancies throughout late ADMK leader Jayalalithaa's hospitalization. Saravanan had contested in two by-polls in DMK ticket from the Thiruparankundram constituency.

In the 2016 assembly polls, ADMK's Seenivel won from the Thiruparankundram constituency. However, he died in some months after which the seat went for a by-poll in November 2016 during which Saravanan contested in the by-poll for the first time. Saravanan lost to ADMK's AK Bose in the first by-poll. However, Bose had died in 2018 after which the Thiruparankundram went for second bypoll in 2019 and Saravanan contested again from the DMK ticket and won the race.

The November 2016 bypoll in Thiruparankundram took place when ADMK leader Jayalalithaa was hospitalized in Chennai. During the 2016 bypoll, Saravanan said that the thump impression in the election form of the ADMK candidate didn't belong to Jayalalithaa. His legal battle put him in a spotlight and he went on to say that there were lot of discrepancies throughout Jayalalithaa's hospitalization. 

Three years later, he contested in the 2019 bypolls and entered the assembly for the first time from DMK's ticket. He turned out to be a staunch critic of ADMK and when the 2021 assembly polls neared, he expected to contest again in the DMK ticket. However, the party didn't award a ticket which shocked him. Ahead of the 2021 polls, Saravanan left DMK and joined BJP. Within hours of joining the BJP, the saffron party gave a ticket for Saravanan to contest from the Madurai North constituency. 

Though he lost the race, Saravanan was appointed as BJP's Madurai district president amidst a dissent from the party. In August 2022, Lakshaman, an Indian army personnel, who was a native of Madurai was killed in Jammu and Kashmir. His mortal remains were brought to Madurai and when his body arrived at Madurai Airport, several political leaders including Tamil Nadu Finance Minister PTR Palanivel Thiagarajan had paid their last respects to the martyr. 

When the minister was leaving the airport, his car was blocked by the BJP cadres and hurled footwear on it. The incident sparked tensions across the state as it was reported that BJP state president Annamalai had politicized the issue. As BJP's Madurai district president, Saravanan addressed the reporters and said, "We will oppose Palanivel Thiagarajan wherever he goes." He slammed the minister for not allowing the BJP functionaries to pay last respects to the martyr.

However, within hours, Saravanan had a tete-a-tete meeting with Palanivel Thiagarajan and expressed his regret for his actions. His meet with the minister sparked speculations that he would leave BJP and join DMK. After a midnight meeting, Saravanan announced that he will quit the BJP as he didn't like BJP's politics of hatred and religion and said that the BJP was working against the minority people. When asked whether he would come back to DMK, Saravanan hinted that DMK is his mother's home. 

Surprise switchover: Former Tamil Nadu BJP leader Saravanan meets Edappadi Palaniswami and joins ADMK - Jan 4, 2023


Annamalai expelled Saravanan from the BJP and while Saravanan was expected to join DMK, he was not active in politics for some months and on Wednesday - January 4, he twisted the tale and joined ADMK by meeting Edappadi Palaniswami. According to reports, Saravanan waited for an official invite from DMK to join the party again. As he didn't receive any positive response from the state ruling party, Saravanan took a diversion and joined ADMK, the party which is full of chaos and crisis.