The lack of bonhomie was glaring even during private events of party functionaries, let alone party affairs. Even Chennai district secretary J Anbazhagan delayed his visit to a community hall hosting the wedding of area secretary in Mylapore just to avoid meeting Udhayanidhi, who was offered a grand reception there.
However, the meticulous time management of the district secretary did not remain a secret for long. Local DMK youth functionaries had a ball of a time even at the wedding, discussing how the district chief chose to arrive late to avoid being overshadowed by their new boss.
Understandably, the friendly banter of the DMK youths did not impress the old horses, who were complaining about the youth wing chief not even intimating the district unit before visiting their turf for party business, a practice religiously followed even by his father Stalin during his period as youth wing chief.
It was not uncommon to find old-timers complain that Kalaignar would insist on youth wing meeting with the knowledge of local district secretary, but secretaries don’t even know about youth wing secretary’s tour to their district these days. Probably, the district secretaries who gathered at the youth wing headquarters ‘Anbagam’ recently could do well to accept the wisdom of the new crop.
— K Karthikeyan, Chennai