BJP inducts popular faces, sidelined leaders in TN

Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah’s efforts to give the party a significant presence in Tamil Nadu got a boost with a host of prominent personalities, including the sidelined Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader and former Union minister D Napoleon, formally joining the saffron brigade.

Leading music director Gangai Amaran and actor-choreographer Gayathri Raghuram also joined the BJP. Others, who joined BJP, were former DMK state propaganda wing secretary Vasuki Ramanan and former national youth Congress leader Rajshekar.

Former Union minister in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government, 51-year-old Napoleon had resigned from the DMK on Saturday.

Since Nepoleon was supporting DMK president’s elder son Alagiri, who was expelled from the party, the high command had sidelined him. Alagiri was dismissed from DMK this year for
anti-party activities recently.

Napoleon ventured into politics as an assistant of DMK senior leader and former state Transport Minister K N Nehru. In 2001, Napoleon won the Villivakam constituency here and entered the state Assembly as a member.

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