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'Stalin would die within 3 months'; Alagiri told DMK chief Karunanidhi


Chennai, Jan 28: It seems that the ugly 'family dispute' of the DMK over who 'will call the shots' is heading towards a lethal war of words.

The DMK President M Karunanidhi on Tuesday revealed that his suspended, eldest son M K Alagiri had told him that Stalin would die within three months and used harsh words against him, in a first TV interview after Alagiri's suspension.

In an interview to a news channel, Karunanidhi said, "Alagiri came to my house on January 24 and complained regarding Stalin and troubled me and used harsh words. He said Stalin would die in three months. How can a father tolerate this? I don't know why Alagiri has nurtured hatred against Stalin for many years?"

"Alagiri should have met me in person and spoken about any issues he had about his suspension. But he has been talking to the media", he further said.

"Alagiri said Stalin would die in 3 months. How can a father tolerate this?"

He also said that Alagiri's "temporary suspension' would not be revoked anytime soon and the party will take a call on this issue.

However, Stalin has denied any rift with his elder brother Alagiri and described the action as a 'party affair'.

Alagiri- Stalin hostilities over the issue of "political heir apparent to Karunanidhi" are well-known.

On January 24, DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan said Alagiri was creating confusion in the party ranks and criticising the disciplinary action taken against some colleagues for "anti-party activities".

He said the continuation of Alagiri in the party was not proper and would destroy discipline.

"The members should accept this decision taken in the interests of the party and should stand united," Anbazhagan said.

A day after his suspension, Alagiri said that democracy was dead in the DMK and questioned why no action was taken against his younger brother M K Stalin's supporters for pasting posters hailing him as future party president.

Karunanidhi rules out alliance with Congress

To another query on what if erstwhile ally Congress came forward to form an alliance with DMK for Lok Sabha polls, Karunanidhi said, "I don't want to boast that the Congress is coming to us. Forming an alliance is to be done without losing every party's self respect."

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