Marking 30 days since his father’s death, M K Alagiri Thursday led hundreds of his supporters to Marina beach to pay their respects to M Karunanidhi. Alagiri, who had been ousted from DMK in 2014, asked whether the party would expel all the people who came out in support of him today. Speaking to reporters from Karunanidhi Samadhi (memorial), Alagiri did not mention his brother and recently-elected party president M K Stalin or his readmission in the party. The fued between the two brothers over thier father’s legacy has been public for many years, despite Karunanidhi’s decision to elevate Stalin as his successor.
Alagiri (Azhagiri in Tamil) has been politically inactive since 2014. However, after Karunanidhi’s death on August 7, the leader claimed to have the support of his father’s “true loyalists”. Alongside Alagiri today were his children Daya Alagiri and Kayalvilhi. There were more than 1,000 police personnel deployed along the route as a precautionary measure.