AIADMK leader Nanjil Sampath loses post after controversial interview

AIADMK supremo and Tamilnadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Saturday night removed Nanjil Sampath, the deputy propaganda secretary, from his post after his insensitive remarks to a interviews in Puthiya Thalaimurai TV and Thanthi TV.

The terse one-line statement issued here by the AIADMK party headquarters did not cite any reason. The letter was issued saying Nanjil Sampath “is being relieved from the post of deputy propaganda secretary of AIADMK”.

Mr. Sampath, known as a fiery orator in the political circles in Tamil Nadu, shifted to the Vaiko-led Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in 1994 and joined the AIADMK in December 2012. In a couple of interviews to television channels on Saturday, Mr. Sampath reportedly made ‘insensitive’ statements about the recent floods, sources said.

J Amma and Nanjil Sampath

On Puthiya Thalaimurai 24×7 Tamil TV news channel, in response to a question about the rationale in conducting such a grand general council meeting on 31st December after the devastating Chennai floods, Sampath reportedly answered “why should a wedding be cancelled if there is a death in the neighbour’s house”.

In response to a question on Thanthi TV, Mr. Sampath reportedly asked whether elephants would stop walking because ants would be trampled.

Sampath added that the argument that people were still suffering from the impact of the floods was not true. “Actually, all of them have recovered completely from the floods with the help of Amma,” he said.

Asked why Jayalalithaa did not meet the flood victims, when she had done so during other disasters such as the tsunami, Sampath claimed that people know her and they do not have any complaints about it.

He reportedly made other scathing remarks against politicians during the course of the interviews. Social media erupted with protests against his statements.

Also Sampath’s critical remarks on the BJP and other parties during the interview could also have led to his removal as AIADMK has still not ruled out the option of striking an ally with the ruling central party.