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DMK suspends 5 Alagiri loyalists

Alagiri had landed at Karunanidhi’s residence on Wednesday morning seeking to make peace.

Chennai | Published: January 10, 2014 3:19:02 am

Continuing its action against dissidents in Madurai headed by party president M Karunanidhi’s elder son M K Alagiri, the DMK on Thursday suspended five Alagiri loyalists for putting up posters that brought disrepute to the party.
The action made it clear that conciliatory overtures by Alagiri, who unsuccessfully tried to meet Karunanidhi at the latter’s residence in Chennai on Wednesday, has failed to impress the leadership.
Karunanidhi and his younger son M K Stalin were incensed by posters put up by Alagiri supporters in Madurai and some other southern districts, promising to create history on January 30, Alagiri’s birthday.
Despite a stern warning against such posters, more appeared in Madurai in the last couple of days, even as Alagiri himself tried to bring down tension by attempting to meet his father.
The leadership suspending five Alagiri loyalists from primary membership of the party on Thursday dealt a body blow to their leader.
DMK executive committee member P M Mannan, general council member S Ezhilmannan, Mubarak Manthiri, Anbarasu Ilango and M Balaji were suspended for disobeying the directive by party president Karunanidhi, said a statement from general secretary K Anbazhagan.
Beyond the poster controversy, the anger is because of an interview Alagiri gave.
Alagiri’s adverse remarks against potential ally Vijayakanth of DMDK angered his father and brother who have been trying to rope in the actor-politician ahead of Lok Sabha election.
Alagiri had landed at Karunanidhi’s residence on Wednesday morning seeking to make peace.
But Karunanidhi refused to even meet him, let alone pardon him for what is seen by his rival camp as destructive petulance.

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