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Alagiri's rally: Expelled leader makes a fresh pitch to be re-inducted into DMK

By Vikas

Chennai, Sep 5: In what is being called as a 'show of strength' rally to challenge Stalin, MK Alagiri today held a road show from Triplicane to Marina Beach in Chennai. After arriving at M karunanidhi's memorial, Alagiri paid tribute and spoke to the media. He thanked the supporters and made a fresh pitch for his re-induction into the DMK.

"I am willing to work with the DMK. I have been saying again and again to take me back. I want to save the DMK," he said.

M Karunanidhi's elder son MK Alagiri had earlier claimed that his father's true loyalists were by his side.

Alagiri is elder brother of MK Stalin, who was recently elected as the DMK president. Karunanidhi had expelled MK Alagiri and his supporters from the party in 2014. But soon after Karunanidhi's death, Alagiri came out in the open and expessed his willingness to be back in the DMK fold. DMK, however, did not seem too keen to take him back.

Alagiri pays tribute to Karunanidhi (Image courtesy - ANI/Twitter)

Alagiri then threatened with "consequences" should Stalin ignore his endeavours to be accepted back into the party. When threats did not work, Alagiri said he was ready to accept the leadership of his younger brother, Stalin, if he was readmitted into the party fold.

The DMK, however, did not show any willingness to take him back, with some leaders even saying that they diod even see Alagiri as a threat. Alagiri then announced that he would a rally in Chennai on September 5.

Here are the updates from Alagiri's rally:

Newest First Oldest First
1:13 PM, 5 Sep
"One Lakh people came here to support me today. Will they send all of them out? You ask them and let me know," says Alagiri.
1:08 PM, 5 Sep
"I am willing to work with the DMK. I have been saying again and again to take me back. I want to save the DMK," says Alagiri.
1:03 PM, 5 Sep
"Thanks to all those who have joined the rally," says Alagiri. He also thanked the police and the media.
12:57 PM, 5 Sep
Alagiri thanks supporters for backing him. There is heavy security in place around the Marina Beach.
12:55 PM, 5 Sep
MK Alagiri reaches Karunanidhi's memorial at the Marina Beach in Chennai. He pays tribute to the late leader who passed away at the age of 94 in August.
12:45 PM, 5 Sep
Expelled DMK leader MK Alagiri pays tribute at Karunanidhi memorial in Chennai.
Expelled DMK leader MK Alagiri pays tribute at Karunanidhi memorial in Chennai.
12:25 PM, 5 Sep
Several supporters of Alalgiri are wearing T-Shirts with the expelled leader's photo printed on them.
12:24 PM, 5 Sep
Some reports while quoting sources are saying that the DMK is fim on not to take Alagiri back in the party. Alagiri had threatened with 'consequences' if he was not inducted into the DMK. DMK leaders are mum about Alalgiri's 'show of strength' rally.
12:19 PM, 5 Sep
Alagiri's march
11:37 AM, 5 Sep
MK Alagiri and his supporters enroute Karunanidhi memorial at Marina Beach in Chennai.
11:26 AM, 5 Sep
"DMK cadres who received Alagiri at airport were suspended from party. Today lakhs of cadres are here to attend the peace march, how many will be sacked? Although we have been sacked we will be DMK cadres only," PM Mannan, Madurai Corporation Ex-Deputy mayor and aide of MK Alagiri, told ANI.
10:51 AM, 5 Sep
Supporters of expelled DMK leader MK Alagiri gather at Wallahjah Road in Chennai to participate in the march to Karunanidhi memorial at Marina Beach.
10:49 AM, 5 Sep
The rally would be held from Triplicane police station to Karunanidhi's grave at Marina beach in Chennai.
10:48 AM, 5 Sep
Alagiri has been claiming that lakh would participate in the rally. The rally would reveal how much of a political threat he really is to his estranged younger brother.
10:44 AM, 5 Sep
Amid threats from Alagiri, Stalin, the third son of Karunanidhi, took over as DMK's president at a General Council meeting held on Tuesday (August 25) in Chennai. In an apparent dig at Alagiri, Stalin said that he has a sister but, no brother.
10:43 AM, 5 Sep
M Karunanidhi's elder son MK Alagiri is set to hold a rally at Chennai's Marina beach today (September 5), days after he claimed that father's true loyalists were by his side.

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