Former AIADMK Minister Thoppu ND Venkatachalam, who was expelled from the party ahead of the assembly elections, said on Saturday he would join the ruling DMK, in the presence of Chief Minister MK Stalin, in Chennai on Sunday .
Mr Venkatachalam, a former MP for Perundurai, told The Hindu here that 300 workers will also join the DMK, along with him. He said it was a difficult decision to leave AIADMK, for which he had worked hard.
He was elected to the Perundurai Assembly in 2011 and 2016 and served as Minister of Environment and Revenue in the Jayalalithaa government. As he was refused the nomination in the last legislative elections, he entered the fray as an independent. Then the AIADMK kicked him out.
ND Venkatachalam is an Indian politician and former minister and former member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from Perundurai constituency. He was refused the party ticket in the 2021 general election. He therefore ran as an independent candidate and lost. He was a member of the Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party and now excluded from the party.