MK Stalin, younger son and heir apparent of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, has made light of his elder brother MK Alagiri’s death comment and appealed to party workers not to burn the latter's effigies in anger.
Talking to reporters on Wednesday, Stalin said, “All those who are born have to die one day”. He asked party workers to maintain discipline and peace and not to burn Alagiri’s effigies.
The appeal came after DMK’s youth wing volunteers, mainly from south Chennai, had gathered at a few places in Chennai and burnt Alagiri’s effigies to mark their protest over his comment.
The incident followed Karunanidhi’s press conference in the afternoon in which he revealed why he had suspended Alagiri from the party. Stating that Alagiri had broken his heart, the DMK chief said his elder son had told him that younger brother Stalin would die in the next three-four month when they met last Friday.
Accusing Alagiri of harbouring “unknown hatred” against Stalin, Karunanidhi had said, “No father can tolerate such words against a son. As the party chief, I had to tolerate them”.
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Alagiri has, however, refuted the allegations, saying that “Not even in my dream could I imagine such charges…Anyway...I take it as his greetings for my birthday...” (Alagiri's birthday falls on January 30)
In another twist to the tale, Karunanidhi has written to the Prime Minister seeking additional security for Stalin, indicating an escalation of tension in DMK's first family.
Sources declined to divulge the contents of the letter.
Stalin is provided security cover of armed CRPF commandos after an alleged attempt on his life at Madurai railway station in June 2006.
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