Wonders about qualifications of candidates

Suspended Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP M.K. Alagiri said he made a mistake by bringing in K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran to the DMK.

Addressing a meeting here on Sunday, he said without mentioning the name of Mr.Ramachandran that he made a big mistake by bringing in a “trader” to the party after the demise of former district secretary Thangapandian. After the 1991 election, when the party won only one Assembly seat in the district, he jumped to another party, Mr.Alagiri said, referring to Mr.Ramachandran joining the AIADMK. “We will have to see whether he will remain in the party or again leave after failure in this election,” he said. About the selection of party candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, he wondered how the Virudhunagar seat was given to senior president of Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry S. Rethinavelu, who had no connection with the DMK.

Candidates were selected without the knowledge and permission of party president M. Karunanidhi, he charged.

He said instead of the qualifications of the aspirants such as their works and experience, their affluence and the money they could spend in the election were taken into consideration, he said.

On the DMK high command’s warning to party cadres not to have any contact with Mr.Alagiri, he said, “I thought it was a warning only for the cadres. But, I wonder whether the warning was issued to expel the party president, in case he visits my house on April 13 when he comes to Madurai for election campaign. Do they have so much of avarice for the post?” he said.