TN: Karunanidhi pardons Alagiri’s aide?

A controversy arose after some cadre in Madurai boycotted Stalin’s visit to the town, leading to Esakki Muthu’s ouster.

Published: 23rd May 2012 03:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2012 10:29 PM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Soon after Union Chemicals Minister M K Alagiri called on his father M Karunanidhi at the latter’s Gopalapuram residence on Tuesday, the DMK chief indicated the revocation of the disciplinary action taken against a cadre, Esakki Muthu, who is a close aide of Alagiri.

Quoting his mentor and DMK founder C N Annadurai, *Kutram Parkin Sutram Illai* (you will have no friends if you found fault with others), Karunanidhi said in a statement that the party was not in a position to decide who was wrong.

Though he did not name anyone or mention any incident, he seemed to be referring to the controversy that arose after some cadre in Madurai boycotted his elder son M K Stalin’s visit to the temple town, leading to the Esakki Muthu’s ouster.

However, the past master of rhetoric referred to the action taken against some cadre and said that a committee formed to look into the issue has submitted its report and suggested the cadre be pardoned.

Stating that unity of the party was important, he said that both those who filed complaints and those who were accused of mistakes were at fault.

He said that those who had made mistakes have sought pardon and had assured him that such things would not happen again.

That the statement, primarily a letter to his cadre on the celebration of his forthcoming birthday, was issued after Alagiri’s visit triggered speculation of the Madurai strongman’s influence soaring in the party.

There is also a suggestion that there were complaints against Stalin, as well.

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