Not taking remarks of Alagiri seriously: Stalin

Written by PTI | Chennai | Updated: Jan 30 2014, 10:52am hrs
Making light of MK Alagiri's remarks on his death, DMK Treasurer MK Stalin on Wednesday asked partymen not to burn effigies of his elder brother, saying party discipline was supreme.

I don't want to take seriously what Alagiri said about me. Neither do I want to make it a big issue. All those who are born have to die one day, he said.

A day after DMK president M Karunanidhi said his elder son Alagiri had stated Stalin will die in three months and that how could he tolerate that as a father, the Chennai-based leader said the party patriarch would have been been hurt in the same way if he had spoken badly about Alagiri. "That's why he said that rather than being my sons they are party members," Stalin said.

The party's well-being was important for Karunanidhi who, along with DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan, was taking careful decisions in this regard, he said. "I regret coming across reports of some party comrades burning effigies of Annan (elder brother) Alagiri. This is unacceptable as it challenges political decency and is an effort at harming party discipline and dignity that has been followed for long," he added.

The statement released by the DMK headquarters was titled Elder brother Alagiri's effigies should not be burnt; requests Treasurer Stalin, and came a day after Karunanidhi's outburst against his elder son prompted party supporters to paste posters against him and burn his effigies in different parts of the state.

Accusing Alagiri of nurturing "unknown hatred" against his younger brother, Karunanidhi had stated that his Madurai-based son had even said Stalin will die in three months.

"No father can tolerate such words against a son. As the party chief, I had to tolerate them," Karunanidhi had said even as the allegations were refuted by Alagiri.