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For­mer Deputy Speaker of Tamil Nadu As­sem­bly and six-time MLA Parithi El­lam­vazhuthi passed away on Satur­day due to car­diac ar­rest. The leader was 58 years old. |

PARITHI El­lam­vazhuthi (58), a for­mer Deputy Speaker of Tamil Nadu As­sem­bly and a six-time MLA passed away on Satur­day due to car­diac ar­rest. He took on sin­gle-hand­edly the AIADMK govern­ment headed by J Jayalalithaa be­tween 1991-96 in the As­sem­bly and over­whelmed by his per­for­mance, the then DMK pres­i­dent M Karunanidhi hailed Parithi as Abhimanyu of Ra­mayana and In­dra­jit of Ma­hab­harata.

Parithi’s orig­i­nal name was Gandhi. Karunanidhi changed it to Parithi El­lam­vazhuthi in 1982. He con­tested his first As­sem­bly election in 1984 and de­feated for­mer min­is­ter Sathya­vani Muthu, one of the se­nior lead­ers as­so­ci­ated with CN An­nadu­rai and MG Ra­machan­dran. He played a key role in the growth of youth wing of DMK. Grad­u­ally, he rose to the po­si­tion of deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary of DMK.

A very good or­a­tor laced with hu­mour, his ready-wit and counter ar­gu­ments ir­ri­tated the then AIADMK in the As­sem­bly. On one oc­ca­sion, his dhoti was re­moved in a scuf­fle within the House and from then on, Parithi started at­tend­ing the ses­sions in black full trousers. His speeches were fre­quently ex­punged and he had clashed ver­bally with the rul­ing party mem­bers of­ten. Re­ward­ing him ap­pro­pri­ately for his per­for- mance in the House, Karunanidhi made him the Deputy speaker of the As­sem­bly be­tween 1996-2001. Later, he served as In­for­ma­tion min­is­ter be­tween 2006-11.

In 2011 As­sem­bly elec­tions, he was de­feated in Eg­more con­stituency and he al­leged that cer­tain DMK func­tionar­ies had worked against him. Later, he re­signed as deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary of DMK. In June 2013, he joined AIADMK in the pres­ence of the then gen­eral sec­re­tary of the party J Jayalalithaa. Im­me­di­ately, he was made a mem­ber of AIADMK ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber.

DMK leader MK Stalin, MDMK gen­eral sec­re­tary Vaiko, AMMK deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary TTV Dhi­nakaran, TNCC pres­i­dent S Thirunavukkarasar, VCK gen­eral sec­re­tary Thol Thiru­mavala­van and lead­ers of many po­lit­i­cal par­ties paid their last re­spects to Parithi’s mor­tal re­mains at his Be­sant Na­gar res­i­dence.

Parithi El­lam­vazhuthi

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