Wife out, Sarath Kumar exits ADMK

Tamil film star, Sarath Kumar, who caused ripples in political circles when he quit the DMK to team up with J Jayalalithaa just before the May Assembly election, today announced his decision to resign from the AIADMK.

Citing professional workload and the presidentship of the South Indian Artists Association (SIAA) as reasons for quitting Amma's party, Sarath said he was "forced to take a hard but painful decision" regarding his political career. Sarath's decision comes close on the heels of his hugely popular actress wife, Radhika, being expelled from the AIADMK "for acting against the interests of the party".

The actor represents the influential Nadar community in Tamil Nadu, which has a significant presence in the southern districts.

His latest political move comes soon after the release of his 100th film Vallavan, produced by his wife's production company, Radaan. "My decision, whether profession or political, were always guided by my conscience. I made a whirlwind tour of the Assembly constituencies and vigourously campaigned for the candidates belonging to the AIADMK and the alliance partners. I took up my task ardently and satisfactorily executed my assignments," Sarath said in a statement today. Hence, his decision to quit the AIADMK.

In a high profile event, the two had joined the AIADMK on the eve of Assembly elections, blazing across Tamil Nadu campaigning for the party. Sarath had claimed he had quit DMK as he had faced "humiliation" from a coterie within the party which had sidelined him.

Sources said Jayalalithaa was quite upset that the actors did not campaign much in the recently concluded civic polls in which her party fared badly.

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