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Khushboo home hit

Chennai, Feb. 7: Actress Khushboo, who had joined the DMK on M. Karunanidhi’s invitation, has drawn the wrath of supporters of heir apparent Stalin after allegedly declaring that his succession was not assured.

Around a dozen DMK workers assembled in front of Khushboo’s residence in south Chennai this morning, raised slogans against her and threw stones at the house, damaging some light fixtures and windowpanes. Her two daughters were inside.

The workers were demanding that Khushboo withdraw her remarks.

The actress, who was in Tiruchy for a wedding, rushed back. “The whole thing is a misunderstanding. My interview has been misreported and some of my observations have been taken out of context,” she said at Tiruchy airport. Even at Tiruchy, a mob had tried to accost her.

The police are inquiring into the incident.

In the interview to Tamil weekly Ananda Vikatan, the actress had said: “Just because Karunanidhi has decided that Stalin will succeed him, it is not necessary that Stalin will be the next party president. It could be anyone from the party and it will be done only through an election. That has been the DMK’s tradition.”

Khushboo had joined the DMK ahead of the 2011 Assembly elections. Although she tried to project herself as a Stalin camp member, she never found favour with him. In the recent past, she had been sidelined from party activities and also stopped from calling on Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence, which many in the DMK viewed as Stalin asserting himself.

“Her interview is her way of hitting back at Stalin,” said a former minister.