அழகிரியா, ஸ்டாலினா? திமுக கட்சியின் வளர்ச்சியில் பங்கு கொண்டவர்கள்தான் முடிவு எடுக்கவேண்டும்.
The fight for supremacy in the DMK burst into the open once again with Union minister M K Alagiri declaring he was ready to lead the party. Alagiri’s remark comes two days after the party stopped his loyalist and former minister Veerapandi S Arumugam from conducting interviews of aspirants for posts in the party’s youth wing in Salem. A stern directive from the DMK headquarters asked Arumugam to cancel the interviews as party treasurer and Alagiri’s younger brother M K Stalin was already on the job.
Sources said Alagiri, who returned to Chennai late Tuesday 14-2-2012 from Malaysia, was upset over the statement issued by the party headquarters against Arumugam. When reporters asked him if he was willing to lead the party if given the responsibility, Alagiri, who was accompanied by wife Kanthi, shot back with a terse “Yes”.
Alagiri left for Madurai on Wednesday 15-2-2012 afternoon without meeting his father, DMK president M Karunanidhi. Sources close to him said he expressed his dissatisfaction about the party directive to the Salem district committee to his mother Dayalu Ammal.
In an attempt to put an end to the controversy and mollify the Madurai strongman, the DMK headquarters issued a statement saying that a section of the media was trying to create an impression that Alagiri was aspiring for the post of party chief. The statement also clarified that the directive to the Salem district committee, headed by Arumugam, was merely an advisory and not a warning. “It was not a caution as the media had reported,” the two-page statement said. The Arumugam camp, said sources, is elated with the ‘clarification’.
But the issue refused to die down with Stalin supporters demanding action against Arumugam for his “defiance”. The chorus in the Stalin camp for the succession issue to be settled once and for all is also gaining strength. “Arumugam is trying to create a rift between our leader (Karunanidhi) and Stalin. We suspect he has Alagiri’s backing,” said a former minister and close Stalin associate.
It is up to the party members, who have worked for the uplift of the DMK to decide, whether Stalin or Alagiri was fit to be the leader of their party.