Facing the ire of the leadership for allegedly instigating supporters to indulge in anti-party activities, suspended DMK leader M K Alagiri demanded Thursday revocation of suspension of his 10 aides for a compromise.
Alagiri told reporters in Madurai after celebrating his 63rd birthday that he was unaware of any patch-up efforts by the DMK high command. To prepare ground for a compromise, he said, the party should bring back his 10 suspended supporters.
Angry at the suspensions, the south zone organising secretary of the party had hit out at his father and DMK president M Karunanidhi and was suspended last Friday.
Asked about the precondition for a compromise, Karunanidhi said: “If our party cadre foist false cases under PCR Act against district secretaries and executive committee members, we cannot be a mute spectator.”
Alagiri, who has been unable to check the flow of cadre from his camp to that headed by his immediate rival and younger brother M K Stalin, received a boost, meanwhile, when three MPs called on him at his residence in Madurai Thursday. Former minister of state D Napoleon, another Lok Sabha member J K Ritheesh and Rajya Sabha member K P Ramalingam offered support.
While Alagiri was careful not to precipitate the situation by further criticising Stalin or the DMK leadership — he had earlier said he would reveal details of an alleged fraud in internal elections on this day — his son Dhayanidhi Alagiri counselled the party to consider its self-respect and history before deciding to align with the DMDK (as planned by Stalin).
Still smarting from the surprise suspension of their leader, Alagiri’s remaining loyalists organised a grand function in Madurai to mark his birthday. The city was decked up with posters and banners hailing him and music troupes played at several crowded junctions. A lot of people participated in the celebrations, though most party leaders stayed away.
Bhushan, like Yadav, said that Kejriwal and “his coterie” had forgotten the principles that the party was built on.
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