Subbulakshmi quits politics after four decades in DMK – The New Indian Express

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Erode: After a career of nearly half a century in electoral politics, DMK Deputy General Secretary and former Union Minister of State Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan has resigned. In a statement released on Tuesday, she said she had sent her resignation to DMK chief MK Stalin on August 29, informing her that she was resigning from her post and the primary membership of the party.

His statement came after speculations that he had quit politics. The local DMK cadre suggested that he was upset at being sidelined by the leadership. The senior DMK leader was a school teacher when former Chief Minister and AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran brought him into politics in 1977.

In his statement, Jagadeesan said: “In 2009, as soon as my term as MP came to an end, I informed former CM M Karunanidhi that I had decided not to contest elections, but only did party work. I continued to work for the party with the aim of making DMK President MK Stalin the Chief Minister.

This happened in 2021. Stalin is running the government and the party so well that the country appreciates him. It gives me great satisfaction.” He later told TNIE that the decision to resign was based on his “long-term preference”.

Soon after Jagadeesan released his statement, DMK spokesperson TKS Elangovan told reporters that he had resigned on health grounds, and had, until recently, been active in the party’s affairs and had close relations with the leadership. As far as their place is concerned, he said it would be decided after the election of district secretaries, in consultation with the members of the general council.

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From Teacher to Union Minister

Before joining politics, Jagadeesan, a resident of Modakurichi in Erode, taught in a school in Kodumudi. He first contested and won the 1977 assembly election from Modakurichi constituency, served as the Minister of Handlooms from 1978 to 1980.

‘Losing to BJP candidate hurt his political career’

In 1980, she joined the DMK, and climbed the ladder to serve as the party’s deputy general secretary.
His top achievements include his victory from Tiruchengode constituency in the 2004 parliamentary election and his elevation as the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment.

She did not contest the 2011 and 2016 assembly elections, and when parliamentary elections were held in 2019, she announced that she would no longer contest. Unsurprisingly, she was given a seat in the 2021 assembly election from Modakurichi constituency, but she lost by 206 votes.

A source said, “Though internal issues within the party were blamed for his defeat, his political career had suffered a major loss due to his loss to a BJP candidate.” “DMK cadre call him ‘Akka’. But for some time now, he is upset over the lack of importance given to him in the party. This became evident when she and her husband boycotted the DMK’s ‘Mupparam Visa’ in Virudhunagar on 15 September. This has also been cited as the reason for his resignation.

‘CM is running a good government’
“Stalin is running the government and the party so well that the country appreciates him. This gives me a lot of satisfaction,” said Jagadeesan

(with inputs from S Kumarasan)

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