DMK rubs salt into Alagiri’s wounds, suspends loyalists

Five functionaries penalised for “ bringing disrepute to the party

DMK rubs salt into Alagiri’s wounds, suspends loyalists

Chennai : Rubbing salt into the political wounds of former Union Minister M K Alagiri – considered the rebel in the DMK’s first family – the party leadership on Thursday suspended five of his loyalists in Madurai for “anti-party activities.” 

DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan issued a statement suspending five functionaries – P M Mannan, S Ezhilmannan -both members of the powerful DMK executive and general council, Mubarak Mandiri, Anbarasu Ilango and M Balaji, from all posts. The statement said the five were also suspended from the primary membership of the party “since they were repeatedly engaged in activities bringing disrepute to the party despite Karunanidhi’s warning.”
While the statement did not elaborate on the “anti-party activities”, sources in Madurai said some of them had recently put up posters in the district declaring that the “real” general council of the DMK shall meet in Chennai on January 30, which is also Alagiri’s birthday. Incidentally, Alagiri had skipped the general council meeting conducted last month without assigning reasons.
The action comes close on the heels of party chief
M Karunanidhi refusing to meet his rebellious son when he had tried to call on him on Wednesday at the former’s house in Chennai.
Earlier last week, the DMK high command had dissolved its Madurai unit dominated by Alagiri’s supporters and constituted an ad-hoc committee headed by a loyalist of his younger brother and party heir-apparent M K Stalin to run its affairs. Karunanidhi had also warned Alagiri with expulsion from the party if he spoke out against the DMK’s prospective allies.
The party acted in the wake of a controversial poster being pasted by supporters of Alagiri, making critical remarks in the context of DMK’s general council held last month here, which the former Union Minister did not attend.

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