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Alagiri poster war: Karuna blames it on political opponents

Posted on Jan 31, 12:08PM | UNI

Chennai, Jan 30 : DMK President M Karunanidhi today said some political rivals were behind the posters that contained slogans targetting the party in the name of hailing Union Minister M K Alagiri on his birthday and that neither of his two sons were responsible for it.

Talking to reporters here, he said he was certainly sure that none of his two sons -- elder son Alagiri and younger son M K Stalin, who was recently named as political heir apparent to Mr Karunanidhi -- were responsbile for it.

Mr Karunanidhi's assertion comes a day after the DMK High Command issued a statement warning of stringent action against those who had come out with posters in the city, the slogans of which seemed to indirectly allude to the DMK Madurai strongman's disappointment over proclamation of his younger brother M K Stalin as the next party chief.

The supporters of Mr Alagiri had come up with posters in view of his birthday today and were prominently displayed in the city including near the Gopalapuram and CIT colony residences of Mr Karunanidhi.

In an angry reaction, Mr Karunanidhi told reporters that the posters have come up at the instigation of some political rivals, hiding behind fake identities.

"They are like the 'mythical deer' (that misled Sita in the epic Ramayana), and are out to drive a wedge within the party", he said.

The posters were printed in the name of Venkat and Ramana, who were instigated by political rivals to destroy the DMK and he was sure that neither Mr Alagiri nor Mr Stalin were responsbile for it.

"Those who had come out with posters containing slogans (indirectly targetting Mr Karunanidhi's open announcement that Mr Stalin will be his successor) are "Mareecha deer (the demon who came in the guise of a deer and misled sita and Ram in Ramayana) who are out to destroy the DMK by identifying themselves as supporters of some frontline leaders of the party," he said.

Stating that their masks would be uncovered, Mr Karunanidhi

said though their identity could be concealed now through their

acts of drama, no one could destroy him or the party.

"Those who tried to destroy me and the DMK movement by

conspiracy will not succeed in their efforts and their masks will soon be uncovered like the rays of the morning 'Rising Sun' (the DMK party symbol) that pierce through the clouds," he added.