Alagiri Revolt strikes DMK


Just a couple of days after the unexpected demise of Tamil Nadu’s most powerful political leader M Karunanidhi, his party has been struck by the ‘Alagiri Revolt’, the power struggle launched inside the party by the deceased leader’s elder son M K Alagiri against the leadership of the party dominated by the Dravidian legend’s younger son and political heir M K Stalin.

Former Union Minister M K Alagiri was expelled from the party several years ago. During the lifetime of Mr Karunanidhi itself, there were allegations that Mr Alagiri was purposefully sidelined to pave a safe path for Mr Stalin.

Both of the sons of the great leader are very powerful leaders and they have proved it several times. Importantly, Mr Alagiri has a huge support base in the Southern part of the state, particularly in the cultural capital of the state Madurai.

The expulsion of Mr Alagiri extensively affected the party in certain regions in last assembly and general elections, the rebels fielded by the leader inappropriately divided the votes of the DMK between the rebels and official candidates.

Anyway, the time Mr Alagiri has chosen to express his dissatisfaction with the existing leadership of DMK has been considered as inappropriate, as the state has not yet completed the mourning period announced due to the untimely demise of its beloved leader.


Vignesh. S. G

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