Since his attempts to patch-up with younger brother and DMK president M K Stalin did not work out, M K Alagiri is gearing up for a mega show of strength in Chennai tomorrow.
Alagiri is already in Chennai. He asserted that he will definitely hold a rally at his late father M Karunanidhi’s memorial on September 5. “I am the son of Karunanidhi. I do what I say,” Alagiri told reporters.
However, he refused to respond to a query on the party’s silence to his request to readmit him. Alagiri, who has been claiming since Karunanidhi’s death that loyal party workers were with him, had earlier said the DMK would face threat after his rally.
Much recently, Alagiri, who had nursed an enduring sibling rivalry with Stalin, has said he is ready to accept his brother as the undisputed leader — “if he is readmitted into the party.”
“Right now, my stance is that if I am accepted back into the party, I will accept his leadership,” Alagiri said. He refused to answer queries about the change in position from about two weeks ago, when he had hit out strongly at Stalin’s leadership.
Alagiri, once the party’s south zone organiser with his base in Madurai, was expelled from the DMK in 2014 by Karunanidhi for alleged anti-party activities and has always remained at loggerheads with Stalin.