Ahead of rally in homage to Karunanidhi, Alagiri promises show of strength - India News
New Delhi: Less than a week after DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi's death, elder son MK Alagiri has challenged DMK working president and. On the eve of DMK's executive committee meeting in Chennai, MK Alagiri said in Chennai, expelled leader and party chief M Karunanidhi's son, MK Alagiri Download The Times of India News App for Latest City News. Tamil Nadu News | Press Trust of India | Wednesday November 21, Expelled DMK leader M K Alagiri today said he would take a decision on contesting Yet, a memorial meet for the Tamil party's patriarch M Karunanidhi in Chennai.
Ahead of rally in homage to Karunanidhi, Alagiri promises show of strength
August 13,5: He claimed all party workers are with him. The rift widened a day ahead of the crucial executive committee meeting of the party that is likely to anoint Stalin as the party chief after the demise of Karunanidhi at the age of 94 on August 7. Karunanidhi had expelled Alagiri and his supporters from the party in at the height of his fight with his younger brother MK Stalin over establishing supremacy in Tamil Nadu's main opposition party.
Stalin is now the working president of the DMK and looks set to assume its reins. He said he prayed at his father's grave over his "grievances and frustration" about which the media would not know now.
When asked if those related to the family or the party, Alagiri said it was the latter. The development came a day ahead of the DMK's executive committee meeting that has been ostensibly convened to condole Karunanidhi's death but where a decision may be taken about summoning the party's general council for putting its seal of approval on Stalin's elevation.
Do not ask me about it. Alagiri and Stalin have been at loggerheads for years over who will inherit Karunanidhi's legacy.
Before his expulsion, a mercurial Alagiri had famously questioned if the DMK was a "mutt" where the pontiff could anoint his successor, an apparent reference to their father.
The Karunanidhi family had presented a united face when the DMK stalwart was fighting for life at a city hospital.
Alagiri Challenges Stalin's Claim for DMK Leadership, Says 'All Party Cadres With Me' - News18
Alagiri was present at the hospital and was seen at his father's funeral. However, close watchers of Tamil Nadu politics expected him to flex his political muscle once Karunanidhi was gone.
Alagiri was present at the hospital and was seen at his father's funeral. However, close watchers of Tamil Nadu politics expected him to flex his political muscle once Karunanidhi was gone. The former union minister wields considerable influence in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu. He was the party's secretary for these districts before his expulsion. When asked why there was opposition to his returning to the DMK fold, he shot back, saying "How do I know? You media have said I have a good reputation and the cadre likes me Party posts are being sold," he said, adding "Thalaivar will punish them If that happens, the DMK, which has lost two successive assembly polls and failed to open its account in the Lok Sabha elections inmay encounter fresh electoral reverses in the general elections next year.DMK's Chief Karunanidhi Slams Alagiri
Karunanidhi burial politics DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi breathed his last on 7 August, and Stalin said he lost a father and his political leader with the demise. He also spoke about the legal battle that was fought over allocating a burial space for his father at the city's Marina Beach, and recalled the politics played by the state government. We begged the E Palaniswami government, but they let us down.
I was hopeful of getting the place, but they gave us an alternative site," Stalin recalled. That it ultimately resulted in a victory for the party was down to its legal team, Stalin said. If this wouldn't have happened, then I would have been the person to be buried along with our leader," he said.