Alagiri Meets Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Denied a ticket and embarrassing the party by meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, suspended DMK MP M K Alagiri today said he would decide his future course of action after consulting his supporters amidst reports that may float his own outfit.
The former Union Minister, elected from Madurai Lok Sabha constituency, described as a "courtesy call" his meeting with Singh who regretted that DMK left the UPA.
"Please wait for two months. I would reveal my stand after after consulting my supporters," Alagiri, who is the elder son of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, told reporters after meeting the Prime Minister.
Refusing to commit whether he would launch his own party, Alagiri, however, stressed that he would play a role in the upcoming elections.
"I would surely play a role. But, I cannot indicate the kind of role," the sulking leader stated.
Alagiri said he thanked the Prime Minister under whom he served as a cabinet minister for four years between 2009 and 2013.
The meeting comes amidst reports that Alagiri, dejected over his expulsion from the DMK, was considering floating a new political party.
He is also believed to be dismayed over his supporters not finding a place in the Lok Sabha candidate list of DMK, which was declared this week.
DMK has not only denied ticket to Alagiri, but also two of his loyalists for the April 24 Lok Sabha election.
The former union minister is learnt to have discussed the prevailing political situation in Tamil Nadu, where Congress has not found an alliance partner for the Lok Sabha polls.
During the meeting, Alagiri requested Singh to name the Madurai airport after freedom fighter Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar.
Sources said Alagiri informed PMO officials that he and two of the DMK MPs-- D Napolean and J K Riteish will vacate the official bungalows allotted to them.
Rajya Sabha MP K P Ramalingam, who is a staunch supporter of Alagiri, was also present at the meeting.