Chennai: After MK Stalin rose to power as DMK’s President, expelled DMK leader and former Union Minister MK Alagiri asked all the supporters to leave his residence after receiving a lukewarm response from the media. Since August 24 for the first three days, supporters of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party met MK Alagiri at his residence in Madurai district in Tamil Nadu. However, the number of supporters gradually declined since Monday.
According to a report by CNN-News 18, MK Alagiri wanted to meet his supporters to talk about the future course of action and how he could contribute to the party in the upcoming elections. He also stated that his intention was not to obtain any post in the DMK party.
Following the death of former DMK chief M Karunanidhi, a rally was organised in Chennai based on the wishes of the party cadres. Speaking of the rally, MK Alagiri said, “They (cadres) only wanted me to take the lead in organising the march to pay homage (to Karunanidhi).” According to Alagiri, the rally was a proof of strength against the Stalin camp.
After Karunanidhi’s death, MK Alagiri claimed that since DMK people are loyal to him, he could be the next real party leader. Alagiri reportedly said, “Kalaingar (Karunanidhi) is not there now. The party has to be saved and protected.” He added, “If they don’t readmit me, they will have to face consequences.”
Responding to Alagiri, MP TKS Elangovan reportedly told ANI on Tuesday that Alagiri’s threat is not a big deal to handle. Moreover, Stalin’s camp remains unperturbed by Alagiri’s threat.
In December 2017, Alagiri blamed MK Stalin for DMK’s failure in the RK Nagar by-elections. Similarly, Alagiri claimed that DMK party is bound to lose the upcoming Lok Sabha election if he is kept out of the party.