When the DMK was split with Vaiko launching his party MDMK, Tiruchy cadre stood with Karunanidhi and the DMK. Though, a strong group from Karur went behind Vaiko, the MDMK could not get a decent share of cadre from Tiruchy. Similarly, when Stalin’s sibling MK Alagiri attempted to split the party, he could not draw cadre from Tiruchy. “DMK workers in Tiruchy have strong commitment towards the party and so they use to be cordial always,” Rajasekar, a political commentator said. Despite other political parties preferring Tiruchy for meetings for its proximity to other districts of the state, DMK has strong roots intertwined with sentiments behind it, he added.