In a setback to the AIADMK, Okay. Manickam, one in all its steering committee members and former MLA, joined the BJP, within the presence of the celebration’s Tamil Nadu president, Okay. Annamalai, right here on Wednesday.
Mr. Manickam was among the many few AIADMK MLAs who threw their weight behind former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam throughout his riot towards V.Okay. Sasikala in February 2017. Final 12 months, when the AIADMK constituted an 11-member steering committee as a part of a deal between the factions led by Mr. Panneerselvam and co-coordinator Edappadi Okay. Palaniswami, Mr. Manickam was accommodated in it. Belonging to the Devendrakula Velalar group, he was seen as a consultant of the Scheduled Castes within the committee.
Mr. Manickam, together with one other former AIADMK MLA C.T. Palanisamy, joined the BJP on the govt committee assembly held at a non-public corridor on Palladam Highway.