The expelled Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader MK Alagiri on Sunday lashed out at the party during a roadshow in Madurai. He said that his former party has betrayed him and has also forgotten Karunanidhi. Former Union minister MK Alagiri claimed he was betrayed by his younger brother and DMK chief MK Stalin. Alagiri also said that MK Stalin would never become Tamil Nadu’s chief minister. In the meantime, he has hinted at making a political comeback. Following this, Alagiri addressed a consultative meeting held at an auditorium in Madurai last Sunday evening, often recalling his contribution to the DMK. He further added that he was expelled from the party and branded a “traitor”. He also accused everyone of forgetting his “selfless work” for the party for many years.
Alagiri addressing a meeting with his supporters in Madurai district said, “When I was the Union Minister, Karunanidhi asked me to make Stalin the Deputy Chief Minister and I agreed. No one in the DMK will accept that Karunanidhi has overtaken Stalin. The DMK elders have betrayed me. Nobody can be like Karunanidhi. DMK is currently working by forgetting such a leader.”
Alagiri arrived at the venue in an open van to shake hands with supporters. Speaking at the meeting, Alagiri said, “This meeting is the first step in combating conspirators and traitors. I made Madurai the fort of the DMK from the fort of the MGR. We worked hard and won the Thirumangalam by-election and the world was watching the Thirumangalam by-election. I am still one of you, Madurai is our fort.”
He continued, “What’s wrong with putting up a party poster for a birthday party? Even for Stalin, the poster says that the future prime minister is welcome. Stalin can never be chief minister. We will not let that happen. Madurai is our fort, no one can change this. I have made so many people ministers. But no one is thankful. I was the one who bought Stalin the post of treasurer.”
Alagiri further stated that in the DMK he had recommended Stalin to be treasurer, but was later jealous as he got the post of South Zone Secretary. He said “I told Stalin that after Karunanidhi you will be everything in the party. I have failed to understand why they deceived me like this.”
Alagiri said Stalin was jealous of his growth. “But I don’t know why I was betrayed,” he said, adding, “There are always posters calling you (Stalin) future CM but that’s not going to happen. My followers will never let you become future CM,” Alagiri said.
He said, ‘In today’s meeting many people suggested to me that I start a new party. Some people say they will accept my decision. I will announce this soon. Whether it is good or not, everyone should accept it.”
He lamented that when he was the Southern Regional Secretary and Union Minister in the DMK, 12 district secretaries from the southern districts, including ministers, came and welcomed him wherever he went and only later did he know that they had all acted.
Alagiri is the elder son of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. Alagiri was expelled from the party despite full power in the hands of Karunanidhi, who had commanded the party for more than 50 years. In March 2014, the party’s South Organizational Secretary Alagiri was dismissed from the party.