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Updated: March 26, 2013 01:01 IST

Alagiri skips meeting for health reasons

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Former union minister and DMK leader Alagiri. File photo.
The Hindu Former union minister and DMK leader Alagiri. File photo.

Just a few hours before the start of the DMK’s executive committee meeting in Chennai, former Central Minister M.K. Alagiri left for Madurai, triggering speculation among political circles here that he was unhappy with the party’s leadership.

However, Mr. Alagiri gave no hint of being miffed when he was approached by reporters here. “I am unwell… That’s the reason why I did not attend the executive committee meeting,” he said. Soon after arrival from Chennai by a scheduled flight, he told reporters at the airport on Monday that “there are many members in the executive committee. Not all could attend for some reason or the other. When such is the reality… why do you people (media) ask me alone why I didn’t attend the meeting? After a pause, he said, “I am not doing well and that’s why I left for home this morning.”

When scribes asked about his meeting with Congress leaders in New Delhi, Mr. Alagiri shot back, “They are my friends. I spoke with them on a friendly note. It was just a kind gesture. Do not read beyond this as I had already explained in detail earlier,” he said and left the airport.

Mr. Alagiri had met some Congress leader in New Delhi and had handed over his resignation to the Prime Minister separately, and not along with other DMK ministers. This had set off speculation that he was not taken into confidence about the DMK’s decision to leave the UPA.

After the murder of N. Suresh Babu alias ‘Pottu’ Suresh, the former Union Minister is not staying in Madurai, according to some of his associates.

Though the security for Mr. Alagiri was withdrawn after he tendered his resignation as Central Minister, the State government continued to provide security to his residence, a senior police officer said.

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Next logical step for Azhagiri is to start a Telangana type agitation for South TamilNadu where he has strengths against present DMK which is belittling him in all occasions. Actually development of TN is taking place around Chennai only and south is still a neglected part and backward and hence justifies his aspirations.

from:  MvjRao
Posted on: Mar 25, 2013 at 17:19 IST

This is a family issue within the DMK and a big challenge to the party head Mr. Karunanidhi who so far was able to bind up the family and the party by equally sharing ministries and positions among his sons, grandnephew and daughter in the Tamil Nadu State and the Delhi Parliament. While it is certain that the political base built for many decades by Karunanidhi with atheist, Dravidian and Tamil linguistic ideologies, in future, will be shared by his elder Son M.K. Alagiri in the Southern part (Madurai) and younger son M.K. Stalin in Northern part (Chennai); thus one can visualize a broken-DMK. Even a blanced POLITICAL-WILL of Mr. Karunanidhi will not be enough to prevent its occurrence.

from:  A.Kannan
Posted on: Mar 25, 2013 at 16:33 IST

Alagiri should be bold and move forward on his own. That would be good for him and dmk.

from:  simhan
Posted on: Mar 25, 2013 at 16:22 IST

This is a treat for the opposition.
Good or bad, the party should be united in troubled times.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Mar 25, 2013 at 15:17 IST

Although Alagiri was not too keen on a berth in the Union Cabinet and was quite uncomfortable in handling his portfolio he apparently wanted to cling on to power in the UPA government. With his apple cart being upset with the DMK's withdrawal of support from the UPA and with news reaching him that it was his bete noire and brother Stalin who had masterminded the exit Alagiri is now in an embittered state of mind. His parleys with Chidambaram and other Congress leaders have added further grist to the gossip mill and his absence at a key DMK meet signals the growing dissent in the party. The coming weeks are crucial for the DMK and unless Alagiri is mollified chances are that the party could well be in deep trouble.

from:  C V ARAVIND
Posted on: Mar 25, 2013 at 15:00 IST
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