DMK cadres are reportedly upset over AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi not calling on party patriarch and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, a practice followed by Congress leaders during their visit to Tamil Nadu.
Gandhi is on a three-day visit to the state to attract youth to the Congress in a bid to revitalise the party in a state, which is under the rule of Dravidian parties since 1967, when the Congress lost power to DMK.
DMK sources said Congress leaders had not sought any appointment for a Rahul-Karunanidhi meeting so far, though their leader had time and again praised Gandhi for his leadership qualities.
"Is it a prelude to shape of things to come? Our leader has clearly stated that nobody on Earth can disturb DMK as it is a cadre based party," a senior DMK leader, speaking on condition of anonymity said, quoting Karunanidhi's speech at a couple of marriage functions in the city recently.
Congress sources said Gandhi's visit, which began on Tuesday, was primarily to supervise the youth Congress membership drive now underway in the state and had nothing to do with the relationship between the two parties.
Gandhi himself reportedly told a group of senior journalists during an interaction last night that DMK was a friendly party and he respected Karunanidhi as he was one of the senior-most political leaders of the country.
He reportedly told them that party president Sonia Gandhi and the AICC general secretary in charge of the state should decide the question of Congress going it alone in future polls.