Denied DMK ticket for LS polls, Alagiri meets Manmohan Singh

Alagiri requested Singh to name the Madurai airport after freedom fighter Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar.

New Delhi | Updated: March 13, 2014 1:19 pm

Denied a ticket, suspended DMK MP and former Union Minister, M K Alagiri on Thursday caused an embarrassment to his party when he called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who regretted that the party left the UPA.

Sources close to Alagiri described the meeting as a “courtesy” call and said he thanked the Prime Minister for giving him an opportunity to serve in the Union Council for four years between 2009 and 2013.

Alagiri, who is the elder son of party patriarch M Karunanidhi, told reporters that the Prime Minister expressed regret over DMK walking out of UPA a year before.

The meeting comes amidst reports that Alagiri, dejected over his expulsion from the DMK, was considering floating a new political party. He is also believed to be dismayed over his supporters not finding a place in the Lok Sabha candidate list of DMK, which was declared this week. DMK has not only denied ticket to Alagiri, but also two of his loyalists for the April 24 Lok
Sabha election.

The former union minister is believed to have discussed the prevailing political situation in Tamil Nadu, where Congress has not found an alliance partner for the Lok Sabha polls. During the meeting, Alagiri requested Singh to name the Madurai airport after freedom fighter Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar.

Sources said Alagiri informed PMO officials that he and two of the DMK MPs– D Napolean and J K Riteish will vacate
the official bungalows allotted to them.

Rajya Sabha MP K P Ramalingam, who is a staunch supporter of Alagiri, was also present at the meeting.

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    Abhishak
    Mar 14, 2014 at 5:20 am
    Now it's clear that DMK has not only denied ticket to Alagiri, but also two of his loyalists for the April 24 Lok so time has come for the Mr. Alagiri to shows their own new party strength with the alliance with the congress party in the Tamil Nadu.
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      Ashupal
      Mar 14, 2014 at 5:18 am
      I think, this is a remote possibility, Alagiri is going to make his own party with the name of the KDMK. so congress party should support the Alagiri to make their New party in Tamil Nadu fight the LS election from the TN. I hope he alliance with the congress party.
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        karan
        Mar 14, 2014 at 5:19 am
        I think, Mr.Alagiri has some pockets of influence in Tamil nadu and may help Congress to win some seats LS seats in Tamil nadu. Instead of going all alone, a alliance with Alagiri's yet to be born party will be a better alternative for Congress. Both of them have Good opportunity.
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          kiran
          Mar 14, 2014 at 5:21 am
          Every one knows that DMK has not given the ticket to the his son. Now his son Mr Alagiri should start a new party and name is Karunanidhi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (KDMK). But he loves his father and still believe him as his leader. But is going with new party So This will be win win combination for both Alagiri and the Congress party. So they have to go head in the coming election.
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            kiran
            Mar 14, 2014 at 5:23 am
            I think, If Congress take the support of Alagiri, then we can see a tremendous change in the final results, that is going to be most favorable for the Congress party. The Congress bosses should work on this alliance and save the party from loos the seat in Tamil Nadu. Congress party has chance to form the Govt.at the Center again.
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              kishor
              Mar 14, 2014 at 5:21 am
              Now father of Mr. Alagiri is going to fight against in Congress party for coming lok sabha elections to be held on 24th April 2014. But, he (Mr. M.K. Alagiri) met prime minister of India. What happened there? I think, Decision will be come in the favorable for the congress party and for the KDMK.
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