Biggies Boycott Alagiri Visit to Theni, Madurai
By Gokul Vannan | Published: 14th January 2014 07:45 AM |
The meek reception that former Union Minister M K Alagiri was accorded at the Madurai airport on Monday has set tongues wagging, both within the party and outside, about the Madurai strongman losing his grip over the southern districts.
The absence of Madurai urban district secretary, G Thalapathi, and Madurai district secretary, P Moorthy, added to the speculation.
If anything, the loyalty of the five DMK functionaries, recently suspended for anti-party activities, was at display at the airport when they came to receive M K Alagiri, despite his openly disowning them.
P M Mannan, former deputy Mayor of Madurai, S Ezhilmannan, general council member, Mubarak Manthiri, Anbarasu Ilango, M Balaji, S R Gopi, Ochu Balu and 30 others, came to receive the Madurai strongman and his wife, Kanthi. While Mannan kept a safe distance from the Madurai strongman, the other four kept close to Alagiri.
“I will not speak on the issue” was the stock reply from a visibly dejected Alagiri to reporters, who bombarded him with questions about the party high command disbanding the Madurai urban unit. However, when a scribe asked about the suicide of his supporter Eswaran at Cumbum on Sunday, he opened up saying, “I am going to Eswaran house.”
Sources said Eswaran had put up posters for Alagiri’s birthday across the town carrying names of Mannan and Theni DMK district secretary, L Mookaiah.
However, Mookaiah, who recently shifted to Stalin’s camp, had pulled up Eswaran. Upset over this, Eswaran removed the names of Mannan and Mookaiah. Later, upset with his leader being sidelined by the party high command, Eswaran killed himself.
The fact that the Theni unit was cold shouldering Alagiri was evident when Theni district secretary, Mookaiah, DMK Cumbum MLA, Ramakrishnan, Cumbum former Municipality chairman, Ambika Pandian, and senior Cumbum DMK functionary, T Selvendran, skipped the condolence party to Eswaran’s house.