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Stalin to discuss Azhagiri’s re-induction at DMK meet on September 8

Azhagiri has publicly accepted Stalin’s leadership but has said that that the ‘true’ followers of Karunanidhi are with him.

india Updated: Sep 02, 2018 17:51 IST
M Manikandan
M Manikandan
Hindustan Times, Chennai
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DMK president M K Stalin addresses party workers during a General Council Meeting at Anna Arivalayam in Chennai.(PTI Photo)

In his first major party meeting as the president of the DMK, M K Stalin is all set to discuss the re-induction of estranged brother Azhagiri’s as well as the party’s preparedness for upcoming polls.

Stalin is meeting all district secretaries on September 8, according to senior DMK members who did not want to be identified as they were not authorised to speak to the media.

According to senior leaders of DMK, Stalin will also discuss the party’s current position on the ground.

“The main agenda of the meeting is expected to be fundraising and Stalin will exhort the party office-bearers to raise funds for the party. He will also hear the grievances from the 65 district secretaries. Since Thiruvarur and Thirupparankundram bypolls are due soon because of the deaths of Karunanidhi and AIADMK’s A K Bose, Stalin would also devise strategies for these elections,” a senior district secretary from central Tamil Nadu told HT.

Since the district secretaries meeting’ is being held two days after Azhagiri’s major show of strength on Septemeber 5 in Chennai, his demand for re-induction into the party would be on agenda.

Azhagiri has publicly accepted Stalin’s leadership but has said that that the ‘true’ followers of Karunanidhi are with him.

Azhagiri was expelled from the party in 2014 for anti-party activities and is seeking a re-entry into DMK after his father’s death.

On Sunday, Azhagiri refused to comment on Stalin’s silence to his demand, but told media at Madurai, “As I said earlier, lakhs of my supporters will take part in the rally. Since I am the son of Kalaignar (Karunanidhi), I will stand by my words.”

Political observers said Azhagiri’s refusal to respond on questions related to his brother could be a strategy to facilitate his re-entry into the DMK.

“As an organiser, Azhagiri is a powerful man. The DMK now desperately needs an electoral victory and it will be a good decision to induct Azhagiri into the party. Since Thirupparankundram is in Madurai district where Azhagiri is based, his contribution would help DMK to win the seat. Also, Azhagiri has made it clear that he is not expecting any party posts (for now)” says Tharaasu Shyam, a political observer.

He also observed that this stand could also bring sympathy for Azhagiri.

“If the election results go against the DMK, the cadre would start to say that Stalin should have inducted him. So it becomes crucial for Stalin to decide on his elder brother’s induction,” Shyam, told HT.

DMK on Thursday had re-inducted Karuppasamy Pandian, a former district secretary of Tirunelveli district, and former minister Mullaivendan.

DMK expelled Karuppasamy Pandian for celebrating the release of AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa in 2014 when she got bail in her DA case. Mullaivendan was a minister in 1996-2001 DMK term. He joined actor turned politician Vijayakant’s DMDK in 2014.

First Published: Sep 02, 2018 17:26 IST