Chennai, Jan. 28: The DMK is all set to expel its resident “soothsayer” who has predicted his younger brother’s death.
Now party chief M. Karunanidhi, who happens to be the father of both, appears to have set the stage for his elder son M.K. Alagiri’s exit.
Karunanidhi today said no father could “tolerate such language against his own son”, disclosing to reporters Alagiri’s outburst against his sibling M.K. Stalin when he had called on their octogenarian parent last Friday.
“At one stage he even said that Stalin will die within three months. I do not know why he nurses such hatred against his own brother. No father can tolerate such language against his own son. More importantly, no leader can be a silent spectator to such unbecoming behaviour by a senior leader,” Karunanidhi said.
He also said that Alagiri had barged into his bedroom that Friday morning and demanded an explanation for the party’s decision to suspend five of his supporters.
DMK sources said Karunanidhi’s move to expose Alagiri’s outburst was aimed at preparing the party for his expulsion. “It appears that our leader has shut the door on any rapprochement with his elder son. And by disclosing Alagiri’s uncouth behaviour and harsh language in his bedroom, he has converted this into a Karunanidhi-versus-Alagiri battle. This would earn greater sympathy and support among party cadres since no can brook such behaviour towards our leader, even by his own son,” a senior MLA said.
The MLA said Alagiri, who nurses ambitions of succeeding his father, had apparently asked Karunanidhi why he was projecting Stalin, his chosen heir, before his oracular outburst.
The sources it was only after this Friday morning incident that Karunanidhi had asked DMK general secretary K. Anbazhagan to suspend Alagiri, which they were empowered to under the party constitution.
Alagiri had later given an interview, saying the DMK was bound to lose the Lok Sabha elections. He had also told the media that Stalin was hungry for power.
Karunanidhi’s disclosures have come at a time Alagiri’s supporters are preparing to celebrate his 63rd birthday on Thursday at Madurai, when he is expected to announce his future plans, which could include a new party.
DMK insiders, however, said the party was likely to expel him before that.