Twist in tale: Alagiri says he is ready to accept Stalin as leader

Twist in tale: Alagiri says he is ready to accept Stalin as leader

In an unexpected twist, M K Alagiri, who raised an open banner of revolt against his younger brother M K Stalin becoming the president of the DMK after their father M Karunanidhi’s demise, said on Thursday that he is ready to accept Stalin as his leader.

Speaking to reporters in Madurai, he said, “I am ready to accept Stalin as my leader if they take me back into the DMK.”

The former union chemicals and fertilisers minister and south zone organising secretary of the DMK however said the DMK should realise that the general body alone was not the party.

The post of the President was held by Karunanidhi, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 94. Chants hailing Stalin as “Thalapathy” (Commander) rented the Kalaignar Arangam on Tuesday where General Council members elected him as president.

DMK Principal Secretary Durai Murugan was elected Treasurer, succeeding Stalin, a post he vacated recently in view of his proposed elevation.

Last week, Alagiri’s tone was tougher as he warned the party of “consequences” if he was not taken back. He has organised a march on September 5 to his father’s grave on Chennai’s Marina Beach, an event widely seen as a show of protest against the DMK.

Alagiri, the older son of Karunanidhi, was expelled in 2014 for ‘anti-party activities’.