Ill Dayalu Couldn't Play Peacemaker? - The New Indian Express

Ill Dayalu Couldn't Play Peacemaker?

Published: 30th January 2014 08:25 AM

Last Updated: 30th January 2014 08:25 AM

The long history of feud between DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s sons Alagiri and Stalin has never been a secret. But it had also not snowballed the way it did this time round with the party suspending Alagiri and the dad perhaps for the first time openly acknowledging the elder son’s “hatred” Stalin. So, what went wrong now?

While many have attributed this precipitation to internal politics of the DMK, some in the party tie it to the poor health of Dayalu Ammal, the mother of the warring brothers.

A senior leader in the party, known to be close to Alagiri, told Express that the presence of their mother had an emotional check on the temperament of either brothers, the dispute between whom has been alive for decades now. “She was the single biggest factor that tempered the erupting emotions inside the family. Every time the brothers looked like locking horns, she had always intervened for the good of the family, which in turn was for the good of the party,” said the leader on condition of anonymity.

But over the last six months, Dayalu Ammal, who is said to be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, has been in no position to physically intervene in any familial matters. Even on January 7, when Alagiri came to Gopalapuram and was refused an audience with Karunanidhi, an attempt was made by the son to meet his mother for help but in vain.

“Dayalu has been the single biggest support for Alagiri in the family. The south zone organising secretary post, from which he was suspended, was something given to him on the insistence of his mother,” the leader pointed out.

The soft corner that Dayalu has for Alagiri is largely attributed to the fact that Alagiri had been away in Madurai for long while Stalin has had the comfort of being in the presence of his father in Chennai.

With Dayalu taking ill, sources said Alagiri has lost the support of one person who could have directly intervened with Karunanidhi in the current fiasco. “Though his sister Selvi too tries to intervene, it is never like the voice of the mother,” the leader said.

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