Chennai, Aug 13: The DMK on Monday refused to comment on former union minister MK Alagiri’s statement against MK Stalin that he may be the working president of the party but he is not working. TKK Elangovan, the Organisation Secretary of DMK, claimed that reacting to Alagiri’s challenge to Stalin is a waste of time.

Days after DMK president M Karunanidhi’s death, a rift within the party came to the fore as Alagiri challenged brother MK Stalin’s elevation as the party president. He claiming that real cadres are standing in his support and not in his brother’s. Addressing media from Marina Beach, where Kalaignar was buried near his mentor Annadurai, Alagiri said that he is pained by what is happening inside the party.

“My father’s true relatives are all are on my side. All the supporters in Tamil Nadu are on my side and are encouraging me only. Only time will give the answers…that is all I am willing to say now,” Alagiri said while paying homage to Karunanidhi at his memorial at the Marina Beach.

Alagiri, who was expelled from the DMK in 2014 for criticising party leaders, told reporters that he poured his anguish about the party to his father. He said his anguish was about the party and not about the family and the public would come to know the whole story at the appropriate time.

His comments came a day before the DMK’s Executive Committee meeting which is scheduled to be held on Tuesday. In a statement issued, the party said the meeting was called to pass a resolution condoling the death of party President and former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. The five-time Chief Minister, who was 94, died at a private hospital in Chennai on Tuesday due to age-related ailments.

The party has directed all the Committee members to attend the meeting without fail. The meeting may also discuss the date to convene the party’s General Council meeting to choose the DMK President. DMK party officials had said Stalin will be elevated at the General Council meeting as the party President.