Fall in Line or Walk the Plank, Karunanidhi Warns Sulking Alagiri - The New Indian Express

Fall in Line or Walk the Plank, Karunanidhi Warns Sulking Alagiri

Published: 08th January 2014 07:42 AM

Last Updated: 08th January 2014 07:42 AM

DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi on Tuesday issued a stern warning to his sulking son and party south zone organising secretary M K Alagiri, warning him against making any comments that were at odds with the party line. He even hinted that Alagiri could be expelled from the primary membership of the party if he continues to express contrarian views.

Karunanidhi’s strong rebuke came in light of Alagiri’s recent television interview, in which he opposed the idea of an alliance between the DMK and the DMDK.

Karunanidhi’s statement on Tuesday clearly displayed his desire not to hurt any possibilities of an allian­ce with the DMDK for the Lok Sabha polls. “In my capacity as party president, I had stated that an alliance between DMK and DMDK would be welcome. That Alagiri’s comments are at odds with this view is not only regrettable but also worthy of condemnation,” he said.

“Strong disciplinary action will be taken, including expulsion from the party membership, against those who unnecessarily make contrarian remarks, irrespective of who they are,” he added.

The rebuke also comes in light of the recent decision by the DMK high command to disband its Madurai unit, which is perceived to be intended to clip Alagiri’s wings. Alagiri has recently complained that he has been completely sidelined in the party. He has also been defiant to Karunanidhi’s diktats on his successor saying he would accept no one as his leader but his father.

Sources in the party said even though they were not surprised by Karunanidhi’s response to Alagiri’s interview, the intensity of it had been unexpected. “There is nothing surprising about our leader’s statement. We have all been expecting this. It is widely agreed that Alagiri went too far in his interview. What we didn’t expect was the harshness of language used (by Karunanidhi),” said a mid-level functionary. “The statement is also a slap in the face of all those people who have been accusing our party of being run by and for our leader’s family,” the functionary added.

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