Can you expel all those who turned up? Alagiri to DMK
Claims presence of 1.5L people; cops say only 12K-15K participated
AFTER leading a peace rally, in a show of strength, to pay homage to his father and DMK president M Karunanidhi, who passed away on August 7, ousted leader and former Union Minister MK Alagiri on Wednesday questioned the party leadership whether it could expel all those, who had turned up for the rally.
Clad in black shirt and accompanied by his son Dhayanidhi Alagiri and daughter Kayalvizhi, Alagiri led the rally from the spot near the Triplicane police station here before culminating at Karunanidhi’s burial site on the premises of Anna Square on the Marina.
He looked overwhelmed by the support he had received from partymen who had gathered in large numbers from various places in the State, particularly from Madurai. Police claimed that by their estimates 12,000 to 15,000 people participated.
“The rally is organised only with an aim of paying homage to Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) on the 30th day of his demise and it has no other intentions,” he told reporters after paying floral tributes to his father.
Alagiri specially thanked the police, who were deployed in large numbers from the originating point of the rally to the burial place of Karunanidhi.
He posed a question to the DMK leadership whether it could sack all those participating in the rally.
“One-and-a-half lakh people have come for the rally. Can they expel all of them? You can ask them (DMK leadership),” he said, when questioned about sacking of a party functionary for receiving him at the Chennai airport.
The turnout for the rally was considered as a big success for the DMK’s former organisation secretary of south zone. Former MLA AG Sampath, hailing from Villupuram, was among the notable leaders turning up for the rally.
Alagiri was expected to spell out his future plans at the rally but chose to keep quiet by keeping tricks up his sleeve for the time being.
Sources said that he had given an ultimatum to newly-elected party president MK Stalin for his reinstatement and if failed, he would make his plans public.
Ever since expelled from the party in 2014, Alagiri’s attempts to make a comeback did not fructify as his younger brother Stalin stonewalled his re-entry bid.
Alagiri may find support from a national party to float his own outfit in case Stalin continued to block his re-entry, the sources added. However, he would weigh all options before making up his mind.
The rally is organised only with an aim of paying homage to Kalaignar. Oneand-a-half lakh people have come for it. Can they expel all of them? You can ask them (DMK leadership) MK Alagiri
MK Alagiri leads the rally of his supporters to Karunanidhi Samadhi at Marina Beach in the city on Wednesday | P JAWAHAR