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Alagiri sulks, may skip DMK meet

Shekhar Iyer, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 25, 2013
First Published: 10:41 IST(25/3/2013) | Last Updated: 10:43 IST(25/3/2013)

The divide in the DMK following its pullout from the UPA government sharpened Sunday, pitting father against son.

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Former Union minister MK Alagiri met his father and party chief M Karunanidhi and conveyed his strong opposition to the “manner” in which the DMK had withdrawn its ministers from the Centre. Unhappy with the response he got, the Madurai MP is likely to skip a crucial meeting of the party’s executive committee on Monday.

On Saturday, Karunanidhi had told DMK workers the party would be “finished” in elections if it did not stay united, especially in the wake of “recent developments” — seen as a veiled warning to Alagiri.

Alagiri is upset with younger brother MK Stalin, Karunanidhi’s political heir, for reportedly pushing their father to withdraw support.

To show his annoyance at not being consulted on the “timing”, Alagiri had submitted his letter of resignation to the PM separately, refusing to go with the other DMK ministers.

When the CBI raided Stalin’s house a day after the pullout, he had sought to play it down even as his brother cried political vendetta.

Karunanidhi and other senior DMK leaders, meanwhile, are miffed with Alagiri for calling on Congress leaders, including the Prime Minister, Sonia Gandhi, P Chidambaram and GK Vasan. On Sunday too, Alagiri informed his father about his meeting with Manmohan Singh and Gandhi.

Monday's conclave, DMK sources said, will endorse the party's decision on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.

It plans to adopt a strongly-worded resolution slamming the Centre and Congress for India's failure to get the UN Human Rights Council to set up an internationally-monitored tribunal to probe the alleged genocide following the 2009 war.

Meanwhile, the Congress unit in Tamil Nadu has its own problems, with sources saying the snapping of ties by the DMK has damaged its base.

Shipping minister GK Vasan is under pressure from the party cadre to revive the Tamil Maanila Congress, which his father GK Moopanar had founded in 1996. It was later merged with the Congress.


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