Chennai (Tamil Nadu): MK Alagiri on Thursday said that he’s ready to join Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) but his brother MK Stalin, president of the party, won’t accept him. “We are ready to join with them (DMK), he (MK Stalin) is not ready to accept us,” expelled DMK leader MK Alagiri said, news agency ANI reported. Also Read - DMK General Secretary K Anbazhagan Dies at 97 After Prolonged Illness; Stalin Cancels All Party Activities
Alagiri also said that he is ready to accept his brother (Stalin) as his leader if he is taken back into the party. Referring to Stalin, Alagiri said the current leadership of the DMK was not willing to re-admit him despite his requests. Earlier, the former Union Minister had publicly stated that he cannot consider anyone as his leader other than the late M. Karunanidhi, his father and party President. Also Read - Deliberate, Planned Attack by Government: MK Stalin Slams Chennai Police's Crackdown on Anti-CAA Stir
He said the DMK did not consist just of the General Council, which has elected Stalin as the DMK President, and that “genuine party cadres” were with him. In a show of strength, Alagiri is preparing to organise a rally in which he says over 100,000 people would take part. Also Read - Delhi Assembly Election 2020: DMK Greets Arvind Kejriwal, Says 'Growth' Trumps Communal Politics
Stalin was made the party president on Tuesday after father Karunanidhi’s death at a Chennai hospital on August 7. MK Alagiri, the elder son of late DMK chief M Karunanidhi, was expelled from the party before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls after a disagreement with his father over his differences with the current DMK president.
Soon after the Karunanidhi’s death, MK Alagiri opposed to Stalin becoming the DMK president and said that the party would face difficulties if it ignored him (Alagiri). “If they don’t take me back, then they have to face consequences,” he told reporters after holding consultations with his supporters. He, however, didn’t elaborate on the “consequences”.
He had also claimed that Karunanidhi wanted to readmit him into the party but “they” (an apparent reference to Stalin and his supporters) prevented it from happening.