Ala­giri takes back al­liance in­vite to Haasan, con­demns his re­mark

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Chen­nai: Af­ter his in­vite to ac­tor-politi­cian Ka­mal Haasan earned him the wrath of ally DMK, Tamil Nadu Congress Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent KS Ala­giri on Sun­day con­demned the Makkal Needhi Ma­iam (MNM) founder-pres­i­dent for his un­nec­es­sary and un­wanted crit­i­cism of the Dra­vid­ian party.

Ala­giri also made it clear that any de­ci­sion on ad­mit­ting a new party into the al­liance would be taken by the DMK and its al­lies. Ala­giri’s u-turn came in the wake of DMK lead­ers re­act­ing strongly to his open in­vi­ta­tion to Haasan.

Ka­mal Haasan had said that his party would con­test all the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu and that his party was try­ing to serve the peo­ple with clean hands. “We are try­ing to keep our hands clean by not al­ly­ing with any of the Dra­vid­ian par­ties,” he said.

Ala­giri, af­ter meet­ing Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi on Satur­day, urged Haasan to con­sider join­ing the Dmk­congress al­liance in Tamil Nadu. “Sec­u­lar par­ties are there in the Dmk-congress al­liance. We feel that peo­ple like Ka­mal Haasan should be with us. He has been iden­ti­fy­ing him­self... It is our wish that he join us,” he had said.

On Sun­day, Ala­giri said that he was not aware of Haasan’s state­ment crit­i­cis­ing DMK when he in­vited him to join the al­liance. “Ka­mal Haasan crit­i­cis­ing the DMK will only help the BJP and will not help the ide­ol­ogy which he claims to pro­fess. I con­demn him for crit­i­cis­ing DMK un­nec­es­sar­ily,” he said.

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