The shaky relationship between the Congress and its ally DMK has entered an uncertain period,with the senior members of the regional party speaking out against the national party during a crucial internal meeting here on Friday.
The meeting also witnessed the impatience among the supporters of party president M Karunanidhis son M K Stalin to have him anointed as the successor even as a few among the senior leaders openly expressed the reservations against it.
The general council meeting chaired by Karunanidhi was held on Friday in the backdrop of the Supreme Court verdict that indirectly indicted jailed former union communication minister A Raja of the DMK for the 2G spectrum sale scam.
Sources said speaker after speaker strongly criticised the lead alliance partner Congress over the handling of the case and the developments ever since,and argued that it was futile to continue in the UPA,raising serious questions about the future of the partnership.
However,with the legal travails of Karunanidhis daughter and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi far from over which was in fact only compounded by the SC verdict it remains to be seen if the party leadership would take any hasty steps at this juncture.
This is not the first time that the second-rung leaders have raised similar demands,only to be downplayed by the leadership.
Meanwhile,Veerapandi S Arumugam,one of the most senior leaders and the powerful district secretary of Salem,was heckled by the supporters of Stalin when he raised the issue of succession. Arumugam was left fuming after struggling to be heard in the midst of all the incessant chanting of Thalapathi (army general),as Stalin is called.
On Thursday,the partys high-level decision making committee meeting had as its agenda a discussion over the restructuring of the party internal structure as suggested by a committee formed after the drubbing in the recent Assembly election,causing heartburn among a large section of senior leaders who feared losing their clout.
The changes are reportedly pushed by Stalin,while his elder brother and Union minister M K Alagiri has emerged as the leader of those who are opposed to the move. As a consensus was hard to come by,the proposed reforms were put on hold by the high-level committee.
In the resolutions adopted during the general council meet,the party criticised both the Centre and the state government for being lethargic towards resolving the impasse surrounding Koodankulam nuclear power project. In all,24 resolutions were adopted.
The meeting was attended by Kanimozhi and Dayanidhi Maran,another under-fire leader of the party,apart from other senior leaders including Stalin and Alagiri.