The editor of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) newspaper Namadhu MGR, Marudhu Alaguraj, has been removed as he acted against the policies of the institution.

The party mouthpiece is being administered by family members of VK Sasikala.

AIADMK (Amma) deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran confirmed his sacking, saying that Alaguraj, in its mouthpiece Namadhu MGR, accused the Centre of breaking the party into three factions and getting the party's two-leaves symbol frozen.

Azhaguraj told The Hindu on Wednesday, August 16, that he had a sense of fulfilment in his job as he had served as the speech writer of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for nine years. He also wrote the first speech of Sasikala in December after she took over AIADMK as the interim general secretary.

“I have written 41 statements for Mr. TTV Dhinakaran including his Krishna Jayanthi greetings,” added Azhaguraj.

'Kaavi Adi, Kazhagathai Azhi' (Paint saffron, destroy AIADMK), a poem published in the party mouthpiece, had attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for its alleged failure on various issues. Subsequently, Azhaguraj was sacked on August 14. He used the pen name Chithirakupthan to write the poem.

In the poem, Azhaguraj said that Prime minister Narendra Modi had ‘snatched his pen’ and that ‘no dictatorship can stop him’.

Azhaguraj claims that Dhinakaran is trying to please the centre by sacking him. He said Dhinakaran accused Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam of adopting a soft line towards the centre.

He said ten days ago ‘Mandapam’ Sivakumar, a relative of  Dhinakaran was appointed as the managing director of the publication. Before that, Azhaguraj had held the posts of editor and managing director of the newspaper.

“Whether it was Jayalalithaa’s speech in Tiruchi or Srirangam or Madurai, I wrote them. The lines that she loved the word Amma than her original name was penned by me. I preserve the letter of appreciation written by Amma. What else do I need?” reported the Hindu.