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Azhagiri’s go-ahead clinched peace deal

india Updated: Dec 02, 2008 23:31 IST
MR Venkatesh
MR Venkatesh
Hindustan Times
Azhagiri’s go-ahead clinched peace deal

For the last three months, M.K. Stalin, the younger son of DMK patriarch and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, was trying to end the feud with the Marans, but things moved only after elder brother M.K. Azhagiri was convinced that it was time to call truce.

The 18-month-long family feud between the Maran brothers — Kalanidhi Maran, managing director, Sun TV network, and former Union telecom and IT minister Dayanidhi Maran — and DMK’s first family ended unexpectedly on Monday.

Family ties brought about the rapprochement. The Maran brothers are the sons of late Union minister Murasoli Maran and are grandnephews of Karunanidhi.

Murasoli Selvam, the brother of the late Murasoli Maran and publisher of DMK’s mouthpiece Murasoli, and his wife Selvi, who is Karunanidhi’s daughter, played a vital role. Sources close to the DMK told HT on Tuesday that reconciliation effort also involved Stalin, who was convinced that the Sun TV’s reach could prove useful with the Lok Sabha elections due in less than five months. There were other concerns as well. The DMK rivals were getting a lot of space and publicity on Sun network.

Last week, the Maran brothers had decided to float a forum, ‘Maran Peravai’, in memory of their father.

Stalin was convinced it was time for peace. The toughest part was Azhagiri. An opinion poll in Dinakaran, owned by the Marans, in May 2007 had given him very poor rating as possible successor to his father.

The family roped in Kayalvizhi to prevail upon her father, Azhagiri. “Once Azhagiri relented, everything fell into place,” the sources said. The two sides have agreed not to undercut each others business interestand Dayanidhi’s possible return to active politics. A number of issues, including mollifying Kanimozhi, however, are yet to be hammered out.