Incensed by wall posters that rekindled the factional fire within,the DMK leadership on Saturday dissolved the Madurai urban district unit that swore allegiance to former union minister M K Alagiri. An interim committee,headed by a loyalist of his rival and brother M K Stalin,has been given charge of the unit.
A statement from general secretary K Anbazhagan said the action was taken against the district committee and its affiliate units for disobeying party president M Karunanidhis directions.
Two days ago,wall posters appeared across Madurai city and some southern districts equating January 30,Alagiris birthday,with the all-important general council meeting. It exhorted partymen to create destiny. An angry Karunanidhi reminded his supporters that Alagiri was absent from the last general council meeting convened in Chennai,and asked them apologise for maligning the party.
In the meanwhile,the sulking elder son,who has never really given up his rebellion against his fathers decision to pass on the crown to Stalin,gave an interview to a Tamil channel that is sure to create a controversy when it is aired on Sunday going by the teasers. Sources said all this prompted the leadership to act sternly against the rebel group based out of Madurai.
With just months left for the general elections,the war within could not have come at a time worse than this. It is not clear whether he would contest again,but a vengeful Alagiri is not good news for the party in a tight contest.