Former Union Minister M.K. Alagiri’s harsh words against Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam leader Vijayakant have become a matter of concern for the DMK as it comes at a time when the party is trying to rope in the actor-turned-politician in its alliance.
“Can someone else make such a statement and still remain in the party organisation. He should introspect why his close associates also chose to switch their loyalties to M. K. Stalin. If he is as active as Mr. Stalin, the southern region will certainly be in his control,” said a DMK leader.
Sources close to Mr. Karunanidhi also felt that Mr. Alagiri could have avoided openly airing his views when the party was preparing itself for the Lok Sabha polls.
“There is some justification in his allegation that he was not taken into confidence on the issue of quitting the Congress-led UPA government since he was also a Union Minister. But his strong words against Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam leader Vijayakant have done some damage to the efforts to include that party into the DMK alliance,” said the source.
On Sunday, Mr. Vijayakant while addressing the general council meeting of the his party said he joined the AIADMK alliance in the 2011 Assembly elections because of the disparaging remarks made against him by Mr. Alagiri.
Mr. Alagiri in his interview once again targeted the actor-turned-politician, saying he would never consider him as a politician.
Another MP said Mr. Alagiri had used the opportunity to vent his personal grievances which he could have easily taken up with party leader M. Karunanidhi.