New Delhi/Chennai,Mar 13 (): DMK got a jolt when news reached them about Alagiri the estranged son of Karunanidhi meeting PM in the capital.
Speculation ran high that Alagiri would be fielded on a Congress ticket while some said that the Madurai strongman who has considerable hold among South Tamil Nadu’s DMK cadres would support the Congress. Alagiri who has been suspended from DMK for anti-party activities denied such a move.
He said that he had been a Union Minister in UPA ministry for four years and it was only to say thanks to the PM. Yes of course, they did discuss politics. Alagiri says that DMK will come third after the BJP alliance. His calculation is that BJP alliance without PMK will get six seats and if PMK comes on board then it would get ten seats. He said DMK is doomed and lost many cadres in the past few years. He said that those candidates who paid money to the DMK coffers were given tickets.
He added that DMK breaking ties with Congress with whom it had an alliance for nine years was a mistake. Alagiri also played the Thevar card by giving a memorandum to PM asking that the Madurai International Airport be named after Pon Muthuramalingam Thevar.
On March 16, Alagiri’s supporters are meeting at the strongman’s marriage hall to decide the future course of action. DMK LS candidate Veluchamy was a two-time MLA, he was in Alagiri camp then and later shifted to Stalin’s camp.
Personally, Alagiri has a grouse with Veluchamy for the betrayal. Six assembly constituencies form Madurai parliamentary seat and Alagiri’s supporters claim that five of them are with their leader. Veluchamy has started his campaign and says that supporters of Alagiri cannot muster vote as the public sees them as anti- social elements.
DMK already facing a five-cornered contest will face a sixth rival in the form of Alagiri in some areas.