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THE rift in the DMK’s first family widened on Tuesday, with party president and family patriarch M Karunanidhi accusing his elder son M K Alagiri of “breaking” his heart by saying that his younger son and heir imminent M K Stalin would die “in three-four months”.
Revealing for the first time what transpired at the meeting between him and Alagiri, that led to the latter’s suspension within a few hours last Friday, Karunanidhi said, “Alagiri has an inexplicable hatred towards Stalin for a long time. At the height of it, early on January 24 morning, he came to my house and complained about Stalin while I was lying down. He used unwarranted and hateful words that enraged me. My heart breaks to even think of what all he said. He said Stalin would die in three-four months. No father can withstand this, but I did because I am also the president of the party.”
Accusing Alagiri of going to the media with complaints against the DMK general council’s decisions, Karunanidhi said, “Now he claims he was seeking justice... How is it wrong for me, as the party president, to question and condemn those who gave it in writing to the police seeking action against the party’s Madurai district secretary P Moorthy under the PCR Act? The party has taken action against Alagiri as per procedure. Instead of explaining his position in person or in writing, is it proper to paste posters on walls or give interviews?”
Karunanidhi’s statement led to a furore within the party circles, especially among Stalin’s supporters who burned Alagiri’s effigies in Madurai and Namakkal among other places, and put up posters in Chennai and elsewhere in protest.
Alagiri said he was shocked to learn about Karunanidhi’s comments. “I am accepting it as a birthday gift from him,” he said in Madurai, adding that he was not guilty of the charges against him. “Truth is being concealed, and that is why I went straight to the leader. I told him the party elections are not being held properly... I will always stand with the cadre,” he said.
Meanwhile, Alagiri’s son, Dayanidhi Alagiri,