After showcasing his ‘strength and support among the DMK cadres’ during a rally in Chennai today, the party’s expelled leader and former Union Minister M K Alagiri dared his younger brother and DMK president M K Stalin to take action against the ‘1.5 lakh members’ who took part in the silent procession.
Alagiri and his supporters were in all-black today as they took out the peace rally to the memorial of his father M Karunanidhi, who died last month.
Red and black DMK flags fluttered in the hands of Alagiri’s supporters, a sign that many in the crowd are workers of the party.
Speaking to reporters from Karunanidhi Samadhi, Alagiri did not mention his brother and recently-elected party president M K Stalin or his readmission in the party.
The fued between the two brothers over thier father’s legacy has been public for many years, despite Karunanidhi’s decision to elevate Stalin as his successor.
Alagiri has been politically inactive since 2014. However, after Karunanidhi’s death on August 7, the leader claimed to have the support of his father’s “true loyalists”.
Alongside Alagiri today were his children Daya Alagiri and Kayalvizhi. There were more than 1,000 police personnel deployed along the route as a precautionary measure.
Following the death of Karunanidhi last month, the family had put up a united front for two days. A day after the burial rituals, Alagiri, taking a leaf out of deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam’s playbook had sounded the call for rebellion from Marina.