The crucial executive committee meeting of the DMK is happening in Chennai today, a day after former union minister and expelled leader M K Alagiri raised a banner of revolt.
Speaking to reporters in Chennai on Monday, Alagiri, who visited DMK president and his father M Karunanidhi’s memorial at Marina said he expressed his anguish and agony to his father M Karunanidhi and time would tell what his grievances are.
He added: “I will elaborate on my anguish in next two-three days”. When asked whethere there would be a split in the party, he said in a sarcastic tone, “I am not at all in the party”.
There is little doubt that in the wake of Karunanidhis death, Tamil Nadu will enter an uncertain, even rocky, phase. It is no secret that after the death of the AIADMK’s guiding star, Jayalalithaa, the party has not been able to get its act together despite its formal hold on the levers of power.
Last week, DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan announced that an emergency executive committee meeting of the party will be held on 14 August at 10 am.
In a statement, he said the meeting will be headed by the party’s working president M K Stalin and asked all the executive members to participate in it without fail.
The meeting’s agenda is to condole the death of Karunanidhi, Anbazhagan said. A similar meeting was held when party founder and Chief Minister C N Annadurai passed away in 1969, a party leader said.
“A condolence resolution will be adopted and other than that, there is nothing on the agenda now… a date for holding the general council meet may be considered and announced,” he added.
There is speculation that Karunanidhi’s younger son MK Stalin will be elevated to the post of the party President from his present title of working President.