Conflicting Signs on Alagiri Floating Party
Conflicting signals emerged on Saturday when DMK leader M K Alagiri’s aides put up posters in Madurai announcing the formation of a party by him — the Kalaignar Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam — a day before he is slated to discuss his future move with his supporters, after the DMK denied him a Lok Sabha ticket.
However, Alagiri said though he was expelled from the DMK, he won’t leave the party.
Alagiri loyalists said the posters were put up without his knowledge and only a few of his supporters pasted the posters, which were removed soon. Alagiri also said he would meet his supporters on Monday and decide his future course of action.
The posters announced a new party and a party flag, which resembled the DMK flag but featured the picture of DMK president M Karunanidhi, sources said. The posters also announced that Alagiri was the new party’s general secretary, displaying “Kalaignar DMKin pothu seyalalarae, katchiyum ready, kodiyum ready (both party and flag are ready)”, police sources said. The posters also carried pictures of Alagiri and his son Durai Dhayanidhi, along with some of his supporters.
A close aide said: “The posters were meant to welcome Anjanenjan after he met public figures, including Rajinikanth and Vaiko (in Chennai). Even we (aides) did not know about it. Three of the local supporters of ‘Annan’ had done it.”