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Posted on Jan 31, 12:16PM | UNI
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, Jan 30 : Union Minister and senior DMK leader M K Alagiri celebrated his 62nd birthday, here today.
His father and party's patriarch M Karunanidhi rang up this morning and gave his blessings to Alagiri on the occasion.
Alagiri cut a giant-sized cake at his house in Sathsayee Nagarin the city in the presence of his family members and senior party leaders. Later, he garlanded the statue of C N Annadurai, the founder of DMK at Nelpettai and Thanthai Periyar at Azhagar Koil Road in the city. He also distributed welfare assistance worth several lakhs of rupees to the poor and downtrodden at a colourful function held at Raja Muthiah Mandram (Hall).
The Madurai district wing of the DMK made elaborate arrangements to celebrate the birthday of Alagiri, who is fondly called as 'Anja Nenjar' (Brave Heart) by the party circles. Free medical camps, mass feeding and blood donation camps have been organised today, besides special poojas and abhishekams have been arranged in various temples in Southern districts.
However, the supporters of Alagiri's younger brother M K Stalin boycotted his birthday bash. Party's Madurai Urban District Secretary G Thalapathy and former Minister Pon Muuthuramalingam were among staunch supporters of Stalin who did not turn up for the function, organised to distribute welfare measures to the poor.
In chat with newspersons, Mr Alagiri said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his father Karunanidhi, sister Kanimozhi and Union Minister G K Vasan called him up over phone and conveyed their wishes to him.
AICC supremo Sonia Gandhi had sent a greetings message to him. Desisting from making any comments on sibling rivalry, he said "he was very happy."