Karunanidhi’s son MK Alagiri challenges Stalin’s leadership; claims support of DMK cadre

Chennai | Days after the demise of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M Karunanidhi, the tussle of power between his sons for the leadership has started beginning in DMK.

Karunanidhi’s second son and expelled leader MK Alagiri on Monday while standing at the memorial of Karunanidhi on Marina Beach launched an open rebellion against MK Stalin who is considered as the successor of the former Chief Minister. Speaking to media, MK Alagiri said,” All the real supporters of the DMK are with me. Only time will give a befitting reply. I am pained at what’s happening.”

The Statement of Alagiri has come just a day before the proposed meeting of the party’s executive committee. Although the meeting is called to pay condolence to the demise of the DMK chief, few party sources claimed that the committee will take a decision on the elevation of Stalin from working president to the party head. Members of the executive committee have been asked to attend the party meeting which is scheduled at Anna Arivalayam in Chennai.

Party sources speaking to media said, “the executive meeting might announce a date for holding the general council meet where the decision to elevate Stalin as the DMK President will be taken. A similar meeting was held when party founder and former chief minister C N Annadurai passed away in 1969.”

MK Alagiri was earlier expelled from the party in 2014 for his participation in anti-party activities and making derogatory remarks on the party. Meanwhile, Karunanidhi announced MK Stalin as his political successor and was later appointed the working president in 2017.

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