DMK succession war: Alagiri wants to serve TN, not Delhi

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Chennai, Apr 7: Ahead of the crucial assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, DMK supremo M Karunanidhi's son MK Alagiri clearly expressed his desire to serve the state as its Chief Minister. Alagiri's remark may raise a question about DMK's future plan.

"I love Tamil Nadu and want to serve the people of the state, like my father," stated Alagiri while addressing a rally in Madurai. When he (Alagiri) was asked about the possibility of Karunanidhi's another son - MK Stalin to be the next CM, Alagiri stated, "How can you ask when allies and the people here want the Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) as the CM for the sixth time?"

Alagiri's statement clearly hinted at the succession war within Karunanidhi's family. Stalin was appointed deputy chief minister in May 2009. Karunanidhi had earlier claimed that Stalin would be the next CM of Tamil Nadu.

Karunanidhi's statement came after Alagiri was accommodated in the Manmohan Singh cabinet as Union Chemicals and Fertilisers minister. However, Alagiri said that he wants to serve his own state and not the national capital.

Tamil Nadu is going to hold the assembly polls on Apr 13. All parties are campaigning for their respective parties. The counting will be held on May 13.

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