Stalin Tries to Limit Damage; Alagiri Fumes
By Shyam Balasubramanian | Published: 30th January 2014 08:00 AM |
A day after the DMK sibling rivalry escalated with party chief M Karunanidhi putting down Alagiri ‘for saying Stalin would die in a few months’, the heir apparent broke his silence and preached discipline, urging cadre not to burn effigies of his brother.
“Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) would have felt the same pangs if I had said about brother Alagiri the things he had said about me... I have not taken Alagiri’s comments too seriously, and do not wish to make them a big deal. Death comes to all those who are born. It has gone far enough that Kalaignar made those comments public,” said Stalin in a statement on Wednesday.
Karunanidhi had on Tuesday given an explosive press conference, revealing Alagiri’s uncharitable comments about Stalin on the morning of January 24, the day he was suspended from the party. The octogenarian said Alagiri had predicted that Stalin would die in a matter of months. He also maintained that Alagiri had violated party discipline.
Karunanidhi’s comments had brought things to a head, with Stalin supporters burning effigies of Alagiri at a number of places. Alagiri too had responded strongly in a press conference in Madurai, denying that he had uttered such harsh comments.
The possibility of de-escalation receded further with Alagiri denying that any effort was being made to sort out the row. “I have heard nothing of a compromise. No one has sent word to me. I have heard that the party is preparing to send me a show-cause notice. I leave it to your imagination if that is an effort at compromise. I am still hurting from recent events,” said Alagiri. Later, MPs D Napoleon and J K Ritheesh and RS MP K P Ramalingam met Alagiri and expressed their support for him.
For his part, Stalin took a firm line on the effigy-burning and violent protests against Alagiri. “Any act attacking or burning effigies of Alagiri or putting up posters would amount to gross violation of party discipline,” he said. “Such acts that challenge political civility and strike at the heart of the culture and decency of this party are unacceptable. I urge all cadre to focus on working for the coming LS polls and the party conference in Tiruchy,” he added.