M K Alagiri was on the verge of being declared persona non grata in the DMK once again, for his latest battle against younger brother M K Stalin. After his attack on prospective ally Vijayakanth, questions were raised about his political acumen and even utility. It was when his father M Karunanidhi, prodded by Stalin, initiated action against his men and warned even Alagiri that he changed his style. For the first time in four years, he held a durbar at his office in Madurai, where he received petitions from people and promised to act on them. He has also been getting in touch with middle-level leaders who, he believes, owe their position to him. All this seems to have impressed the father, who has held discussions with him twice in the last few days.
Award and weaken
When the government announced the list for its annual Anna-Periyar-Tiruvalluvar awards, one name stood out. Veteran politician ‘Panruti’ S Ramachandran was, till a month ago, the presidium chairman and chief strategist of the DMDK, and effectively opposition leader in the assembly before he retired from active politics. Originally a DMK man, and brought in by AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran, Panruti has had several stints in the cabinet for both parties. Sources say his selection for the award was made by J Jayalalithaa in a snub to the DMDK.
Factions in AAP
The Aam Admi Party is already facing factionalism in Tamil Nadu. A section of the party is up in arms against the conveners, who it alleges came to the party only following the Delhi victory. Both groups claim to be the legitimate one, until doubts were laid to rest when Prasanth Bhushan over saw a meeting that recognised one of the factions. The other group heckled Bhushan during a press conference. It was a curious sight to see the veteran protester being whisked away from agitators.
Cloud on judge
A sitting judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court has been charged with dowry harassment. In her complaint to the city police, the judge’s daughter-in-law in Chennai alleged her husband and his parents were harassing her for Rs 50 lakh, though the family had given an almost equivalent amount when she married in 2007. She alleged that when she returned to Chennai, her father-in-law filed an abduction and theft case against her father. The judge’s family has denied the charges, claiming these are a fallout of the custody battle for the young couple’s one-year-old son.