Chennai: Days after his brother MK Stalin was elevated as the party president, expelled DMK leader MK Alagiri led a silent rally in Chennai on Wednesday. While the rally was to pay homage to his late father Karunanidhi, who passed away on August 7, Alagiri remained defiant and said, “One lakh people came here to support me today. Will they send all of them out? You ask them and let me know.” He was responding to the party’s action on those who came out in his support and received him at the airport only to face suspension.Also Read - Section 144 Imposed Around Tawi Bridge In Jammu For 2 Months; Gathering For Rallies, Protests Banned
Accompanying him were his children Daya Alagiri and Kayalvilhi. Alagiri and his supporters had marched from Triplicane police station to Karunanidhi Samadhi on Marina beach. The Indian Express quoted a source as saying that most of the people had come from southern Tamil Nadu, including Madurai city, Madurai district, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga and Dindigul areas. “They are all DMK men having no powers or who lost powers over the years,” the source told the daily. No counsellors and MLAs of DMK were expected at the rally. Also Read - 40% Newly-Elected RS Members Facing Criminal Charges, Including Murder, Crime Against Women: Report
Alagiri had been expelled from the party in 2014 for ‘anti-party activities’. Soon after Karunanidhi’s death, Alagiri had announced that he had the backing of his father’s “true loyalists”. However, in a move to bury the hatchet, he later agreed to accept Stalin as his leader if he was reinstated in the party. Also Read - Farooq Abdullah, Gopalkrishna Gandhi Emerge As Opposition Candidates For Presidential Race
According to ANI, former deputy mayor of Madurai city PM Mannan said, “DMK cadres who received Alagiri at the airport were suspended from the party. Today, lakhs are here to attend the peace march, how many will be sacked? Although we’ve been sacked we’ll be DMK cadres only.” Meanwhile, senior party leaders close to Stalin said Alagiri was unlikely to be reinstated in the party. They reportedly said that if that happened, Alagiri might also demand a key post for his son.