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MK Alagiri rally: Ex-DMK leader holds march, pays tribute to Karunanidhi in apparent show of strength; Stalin silent on his re-induction

MK Alagiri rally LIVE updates: Alagiri and his elder daughter paid floral tributes at the Karunanidhi memorial

FP Staff September 05, 2018 13:16:22 IST
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MK Alagiri rally: Ex-DMK leader holds march, pays tribute to Karunanidhi in apparent show of strength; Stalin silent on his re-induction

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10:37 (ist)

Voices in DMK ally Congress back Alagiri's homecoming, say Karunanidhi would have forgiven him

According to a report in Hindustan Times, voices from within the Congress have said that now that Alagiri's has expressed readiness to work under Stalin, he must be taken back into the party. 

A party leader who wished to remainanonymous said, "Azhagiri (Alagiri) will teach a fitting lesson to his younger brother. All these days Azhagiri was against Stalin, but now he has openly accepted Thalapathi (Stalin) as the DMK leader. If Karunanidhi was alive, he would have forgiven Azhagiri. With by-polls approaching, the party should accept Azhagiri into the party."

09:28 (ist)

DMK suspended leader for welcoming Alagiri at Chennai airport

The DMK on Tuesday acted strongly against a party functionary for welcoming expelled DMK leader MK Alagiri at the Chennai airport, suspending him for “bringing disrepute to the party”, media reports said. 

M Ravi, the area secretary of Velacherry in Chennai, was suspended promptly for showing open support to Alagiri by DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan. 

08:56 (ist)

Karunanidhi suspended Alagiri from DMK in 2014

In 2014, then DMK president M Karunanidhi made a choice of his heir apparent by suspending his elder son Alagiri from the party’s primary membership at the height of his tussle with brother Stalin. Although the official reason was a failure to keep the party's discipline and badmouthing the leader of a potential ally, it was clear that Alagiri and Stalin's feud had reached a tipping point. 

Those were the days when Alagiri and Stalin supporters openly used to spar on the streets of Tamil Nadu, often indulging in violence. 

At the heart of the tussle is Alagiri’s refusal to accept Stalin as Karunanidhi’s heir, even though much of the party apparatus and Karunanidhi himself are with the younger brother. 

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Sept 05, 2018 - 13:01 (IST)

Alagiri pays floral tributes to M Karunanidhi

Sept 05, 2018 - 12:46 (IST)

Alagiri aides expected higher turnout  at rally

K Isakkimuthu, former zone chairman of Madurai Corporation and a friend of Alagiri's said that he had hoped more supporters would show up at the march to show their strength. He expressed concern about how few people had come. The Alagiri faction had been telling local media that 1 lakh people will come. But party insiders were expecting at least 50,000 against the 20,000 who are reported to have joined the march. 

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Sept 05, 2018 - 12:42 (IST)

Alagiri's silent roadshow attracted close to 12000 people 

Sept 05, 2018 - 12:34 (IST)

Rally reaches Karunanidhi memorial 

Thousands of Alagiri supporters have reached the Marina beach at Karunanidhi's memorial. The supporters will pay homage to the former DMK chief. 

Sept 05, 2018 - 12:19 (IST)

Alagiri's elder daughter present at roadshow

In the convoy, along with, Alagiri is his elder daughter Kayalvizhi and close supporters of the family.

Sept 05, 2018 - 12:17 (IST)

Alagiri supporters expected more show of strength at roadshow

K Isakkimuthu, former zone chairman of Madurai Corporation and a friend of Alagiri's, said that he had hoped more supporters would show up at the roadshow to show their support. He expressed concern about how few people had come.

The Alagiri faction had been telling local media that at least a lakh people will come for the silent march, but party insiders had said that they were expecting at least 50,000 against the 20,000 who are reported to have joined the march.

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Sept 05, 2018 - 12:03 (IST)

12,000 supporters in the rally and 3,000 expected at Karunanidhi memorial

IAS officer Sagayam, who is overseeing arrangements at the roadshow, says that close to 20,000 people have entered through the city checkposts. At least, 12,000 people are at the rally and another 3,000 expected at Karunanidhi's samadhi.

Sept 05, 2018 - 12:00 (IST)

VIDEO: Alagiri kickstarts silent march in a show of strength in Chennai today

Sept 05, 2018 - 11:55 (IST)

'Let's join hands - let's protect the party'

As the silent march — now estimated to be about 10,000-strong — reaches Madras University, supporters are seen carrying banners that read: "Let's join hands. Let's protect the party."

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Sept 05, 2018 - 11:49 (IST)

Alagiri arrives for roadshow

Expelled-DMK leader Alagiri kickstarted the roadshow in Chennai an hour late. The silent rally marking the 30th day of the death of Karunanidhi has reached Madras University and is proceeding towards the former chief minister's memorial at Marina Beach. 

MK Alagiri rally LATEST updates: Alagiri and his elder daughter paid floral tributes at the Karunanidhi memorial. K Isakkimuthu, former zone chairman of Madurai Corporation and a friend of Alagiri's said that he had hope more supporters would show up at the march to show their strength. He expressed concern about how few people had come. The Alagiri faction had been telling local media that 1 lakh people will come. But party insiders were expecting at least 50,000 against the 20,000 who are reported to have joined the march

Thousands of Alagiri supporters have reached the Marina beach at Karunanidhi's memorial. The supporters will pay homage to the former DMK chief.

IAS officer Sagayam, who is overseeing arrangements at Alagiri's roadshow, says that close to 20,000 people have entered through the city checkposts. At least, 12,000 people are at the rally and another 3,000 expected at Karunanidhi's samadhi.

Expelled-DMK leader Alagiri kickstarted the roadshow in Chennai an hour late. The silent rally marking the 30th day of the death of Karunanidhi has reached Madras University and is proceeding towards the former chief minister's memorial at Marina Beach.

Chennai Traffic Police has diverted traffic from Anna Salai from 9 am towards adjoining roads. A police official says that Alagiri and his team of supporters had taken permission to start the rally at 10 am but are an hour late. This is continuing to cause traffic snarls. Alagiri is yet to reach the venue.

The Chennai Police is prepared with ropes and barricades near Chepauk Stadium to ensure that the marchers stop here. The authorities have not granted Alagiri the permission to hold a march till Marina Beach.

An interesting development in DMK succession politics is that while Alagiri has diluted his stand to accept Stalin's leadership, the latter has maintained a tough stance. The DMK on Tuesday acted strongly against a party functionary for welcoming expelled DMK leader MK Alagiri at the Chennai airport, suspending him for "bringing disrepute to the party".

Expelled DMK leader MK Alagiri's supporters said that the party must pay heed to their demands. One of Alagiri's aides said that they do not seek any particular position in the party but merely a presence. A substantial crowd has come out in support of Alagiri.

Alagiri's son Dhaya Azhagiri has confirmed that after a public address the congregation will march till the Karunanidhi memorial at Marina beach, where they will pay their respects to the late DMK leader.

Expelled DMK leader MK Alagiri will hold a rally on Wednesday to pay homage to his father, M Karunanidhi who died on 7 August. However, the rally, scheduled to begin at 10 am is touted as a show of strength by his supporters as the late DMK chief's elder son hinted that he will not go down without a fight.

MK Alagiri rally ExDMK leader holds march pays tribute to Karunanidhi in apparent show of strength Stalin silent on his reinduction

File photos of MK Stalin and MK Alagiri

"I am Thalaivar's (late DMK Chief M Karunanidhi) son, so I will do what I said," he told reporters in Chennai when asked about the silent rally proposed by him.

However, he refused to respond to a query on the party's silence to his request to readmit him. Alagiri, who has been claiming since Karunanidhi's death that loyal party workers were with him, had earlier said the DMK would face threat after his rally.

Alagiri had expressed his willingness to accept DMK President MK Stalin's leadership with a rider to readmit him into the party. But the party has formally made no comments on the matter.

The former union minister has been in political hibernation since his expulsion from the party in 2014 by Karunanidhi. He was sacked at the height of his fight with Stalin over establishing supremacy in the party.

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