DMK lawmaker Selvam demands party polls, meets top BJP leaders

Chennai/New Delhi, Aug 4 : In an apparent sign of revolt, DMK lawmaker Ku. Ka. Selvam, who met top BJP leaders on Tuesday, said his party President M.K. Stalin should condemn the denigration of Hindu deity Murugan and prayer 'Kanda Shasti Kavacham' by YouTube channel Karuppar Koottam. The YouTube channel had aired an objectionable video denigrating Lord Murugan, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi, and the Kanda Shasti Kavacham to seek his blessings. Stalin has not condemned the Karuppar Koottam for the controversial video. The DMK leader also asked Stalin to hold organisational elections in the party. Denying that he is joining BJP, Selvam, who met BJP President J.P. Nadda, said he had come to Delhi to meet Railways Minister Piyush Goyal to discuss issues relating to his Assembly constituency. Selvam, who spoke to reporters in New Delhi after meeting Nadda and Goyal, also demanded Stalin cut the DMK's ties with the Congress as its leader Rahul Gandhi has been critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His meetings led to the speculation that the DMK legislator, who is also the party Headquarters Secretary, will be formally joining the BJP, following the footsteps of former Assembly Deputy Speaker V.P. Duraisamy. Duraisamy quit the DMK soon after meeting Tamil Nadu BJP President L. Murugan. The DMK had stripped him of his party post for meeting the BJP leader. Selvam, who had joined the DMMK in 1997 after quitting the AIADMK and is the sitting MLA from the Thousand Lights constituency in Chennai, also said he is ready to face any action that DMK may take against him. It is rumoured that Selvam was hoping for the post of DMK's Chennai West District Secretary following the death of sitting legislator J. Anbazhagan due to Covid-19. /IANS


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