Day after, angry Alagiri hits back at Karunanidhi: ‘DMK not a mutt’
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A day after DMK chief M Karunanidhi made it clear that his younger son, M K Stalin, would be his successor, his elder son and union minister M K Alagiri indicated on Friday that he is set to oppose the decision.
Speaking to reporters in Chennai, Alagiri said his father himself had remarked earlier that the DMK is not a mutt where the successor is chosen by the presiding pontiff. "He has said in the past that the DMK is not a mutt," he said.
When asked repeatedly, Alagiri told the reporters to refer to the latest issue of a local publication where Stalin had repeated his father's assertion that the "DMK is not a mutt".
Alagiri's strong reaction to Karunanidhi's announcement on Thursday that Stalin would continue his work after him made it evident that the simmering rivalry between the brothers is just one step away from a full-blown battle for supremacy in which Stalin has a definite upper hand as of now, an advantage he has built up over the years.
With Alagiri making his stand clear, all eyes are now on his birthday celebrations on January 30, and the organisational polls to be held later this year.
Those aware of the inner dynamics of the party maintain that Stalin has the support of the majority, but also add that to take on the AIADMK in the 2014 elections, anyone wanting to assume the DMK's leadership will have to enlist the entire party's support.