Alagiri, a former Union Minister infamous for not attending Parliament for nearly four years, had recently taken a jibe at the party’s attempt to notch up an alliance with actor-politician Vijayakant’s DMDK for the Lok Sabha elections.
Expectedly, this had left the DMDK worried if it would be futile to strike an alliance with the DMK as it feared Alagiri could work against its candidates in the southern districts where he enjoys political clout.
Upset over the development, Karunanidhi told journalists that he in his capacity as president of the party had expressed happiness over a possible alliance between the two parties. “There are reports that Alagiri is against a tie-up between the DMK and DMDK. If these reports are true, then there is no connection between them and the DMK,” the party patriarch said.
He made it clear that that Alagiri’s stance was not only “regrettable” but also “condemnable.” It was for the party’s executive and general councils or the authorised high command (himself) to decide on prospective poll alliances.
To a question, Karunanidhi said, “I want to make it clear that those who make such unwarranted contradictory remarks that affected party discipline, whoever they are, disciplinary action will be initiated against them and they will be expelled even from membership of the party.”
Incidentally, Karunanidhi also blamed a section of the media for seeking to wedge a divide between the two likely allies, as they were unable to digest the
Although in the past few years Alagiri has often crossed sword with his father over the elevation of his younger brother M K Stalin within the party hierarchy, no strong action was initiated against him.
Alagiri is not known to be conservative in voicing his views on Stalin and had publicly declared that he would not accept him as party leader.
The closest action against Alagiri was taken in 2001 when party general secretary K Anbazhagan issued a statement asking cadres not to have any truck with him. And the party paid a heavy price for it as Alagiri put up rebels against official candidates ensuring the latter’s defeat in many Assembly constituencies.
Later, he had patched up, when Karunanidhi and Stalin were jailed in June 2001.