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Ready to accept MK Stalin as DMK chief: MK Alagiri
After days of strong statements, sacked leader softens stand on DMK’s new president in bid to rejoin party
After days of threats to break the party and strong statements, the sacked south zone organising secretary of the DMK and the son of late DMK president M Karunanidhi, Alagiri on Thursday made a U-turn by saying that he was ready to accept the leadership of MK Stalin if he was readmitted into the party fold.
Alagiri talking to press persons at his residence here said that neither he nor his son Durai Dayanidhi yearned for any position in the party.
“When we want to be inducted into the party, we have to accept the (Stalin’s) leadership, isn’t it,” he told reporters when asked if he was ready to accept the leadership of his younger brother if he was readmitted into the party.
The former Union Minister, while expressing his willingness to work alongside the top party leadership, apparently referring to Stalin, said that he and his supporters have been reiterating it.
“We are ready to join the party and work together, they are not taking us back,” he said.
Under such circumstances, he said the next course of action - if he and his supporters were not admitted - would be decided after the rally to be held on September 5.
A decision on the future course of action would be decided after consultations with leaders of his camp, he said.
When pointed out that the DMK general council had elevated Stalin unanimously, he shot back: “Is the general council alone the party? ...do 1,500 members of the council alone represent the DMK?.. the cadre are on my side, after next month’s rally more will come to my side.” Stalin was on August 28 elevated as the DMK President, being elected unopposed to the top post.
At the party’s general council meeting held in Chennai, DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan officially announced that Stalin was elected unopposed, as he was the sole candidate, who had filed nomination for the party president post on August 26. The elder son of late DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, also said he did not know what was preventing his return to the party. “Truth will always get support,” he said and reiterated that the true loyalists of Karunanidhi were on his side.
On the proposed rally on September 5 in Chennai to Karunanidhi’s mausoleum, he said there would not be less than “one lakh” participants.
Alagiri had days ago announced that he would lead a rally to the mausoleum of Karunanidhi here, touted as a show of strength by his supporters.
Alagiri has been in political hibernation since his expulsion from the party in 2014 by Karunanidhi.