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Alagiri’s home becomes hub of DMK

No. 1, Kamaraj Road has never seen so much political activity as it did on Monday.

delhi Updated: Mar 08, 2011 00:08 IST
Shekhar Iyer
Shekhar Iyer
Hindustan Times

No. 1, Kamaraj Road has never seen so much political activity as it did on Monday.

Always wearing a deserted look, the official residence of Union minister MK Alagiri, the elder son of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, was converted into a hub of backroom parleys.

Alagiri, who seldom stays in Delhi because of his preoccupation in Tamil Nadu, seemed to be in charge of the situation.

As new negotiators — Pranab Mukherjee and Dayanidhi Maran — sought to pull the Congress-DMK ties from the brink, Alagiri stayed in touch with his brother, MK Stalin, who is Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister.

Stalin, in turn, briefed his father and DMK chief M Karunanidhi on what's was going on in Delhi.

At one stage, there was an unusual sight. Maran, who was engaged in discussion with Mukherjee, Chidambaram and other senior Congress leaders, joined Alagiri on a long chat on the laws. Later, both spoke on their phones to their leaders in Chennai. This was, perhaps, after Mukherjee made a second call to Karunanidhi.

The situation eased as soon as Stalin announced in Chennai that, “as of now, the ministers will not resign.”

In fact, earlier in the day, the 6 ministers had gone to Alagiri’s home awaiting their appointment with PM. But the mood changed after Mukherjee spoke to Karunanidhi twice. Then other ministers were told to go home and prepare for another day.