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Alagiri's son to wed on Thursday

Union chemicals and fertiliser minister MK Alagiri's son will get married on Thursday in Madurai, with several of the former's colleagues coming to attend the wedding.

india Updated: Nov 17, 2010 22:58 IST
Ramesh Babu

Union chemicals and fertiliser minister MK Alagiri's son will get married on Thursday in Madurai, with several of the former's colleagues coming to attend the wedding.

Durai Dayanidhi, a film producer, will tie the knot with Anusha, the daughter of Chennai lawyer PS Seetharaman, at Tamukkam Grounds in the heart of the city at 9.30 am on Thursday.

DMK workers are embarrassed to say that no one from Congress president Sonia Gandhi's family will attend the function. There is no word from the Prime Minister's office either.

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, home minister P Chidambaram, health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and shipping minister GK Vasan will attend. From the world of cinema, Rajanikanth, Kamal Hassan and AR Rahman will be there.

Sources said Alagiri had instructed partymen to ensure that the public was not inconvenienced because of the wedding. His brother and deputy chief minister, MK Stalin, checked the wedding arrangements.

The groom's grandfather and Tamil Nadu chief minister, M Karunanidhi, received guests at the wedding-eve reception in the city in the evening on Wednesday. Among those at the venue was ousted telecom minister A Raja.

But otherwise workers of the DMK, the party over which Alagiri's family has had a virtual monopoly since CN Annadurai died in 1969, are celebrating. Six big balloons announce the wedding from the skies over the city. Roads are festooned. Wine shops are doing brisk business.

DMK functionary Thangavel, who goes by one name, said the 2G-spectrum scandal had taken a toll on people's spirits. The idea behind the event was to put in the shade the wedding of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa's stepson about 15 years ago. However, the relatively low-key affair would do the DMK some good because that would not give the opposition a lever, with the assembly election slated for next year, he said.