On April 22, former Telecom Minister and Propaganda Secretary of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), A Raja, drove to Kothagiri in the hilly Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. His missive from the party high command was singular – pacify the warring factions of the DMK in the area and hold reconciliatory talks.
However, as Raja reached Kothagiri, he was in for a shock. Hundreds of his own party men surrounded his car, throwing eggs and slippers at it. The angry protesters were supporters of the sitting Coonoor MLA K Ramachandran of the DMK. They wanted their leader to be given the ticket this time too. Instead the party high command had chosen another candidate Mubarak over Ramachandran. Expectedly, Ramachandran was furious. But the open rebellion sent shock waves through the party leadership.