Theni, Tamil Nadu, Apr 9 UNI | 4 months ago

In a dramatic twist to the ongoing strains in Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's (DMK) first family over leadership wrangle, ousted DMK leader and former Union minister M K Alagiri today said that the differences with his younger brother M K Stalin was based on policy and principles and nobody can create a rift in their family relationship.

"Nobody can create a rift in the brotherly relationship with Stalin and my father (DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi) cannot disown me," he said, while participating in a function at Cumbum, here.

"My father could not say I am (Alagiri) not his son and can he give in writing that I am not his son," he asked.

"If there is no Karunanidhi, there is no DMK and I (Alagiri) have no intention to float a new party," he said -- in what it appears Alagiri softened his stance after the DMK hardens its stand against him.

This is for the second time, the dissident leader had attempted for a rapprochement with his estranged father.

Earlier, during his 63rd birthday celebrations at Madurai on January 30, last Alagiri said "he will consider reconciliation with DMK, if the party high command revokes the suspension of his loyalists and reinstate them with their earlier posts." But, the DMK did not respond to his conditions.

Congress and MDMK candidates for Theni Lok Sabha constituency J M Aroon and Alagu Sundaram, respectively met Alagiri at Cumbum and sought his support in the Parliament elections.

The sibling rivalry in DMK took a centrestage, after the party high command expelled Alagiri for his alleged anti-party activities on March 25. Alagiri threatened to move court against his expulsion and openly called upon his supporters to ensure the defeat of DMK candidates in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.

(Posted on 09-04-2014)