DMK fallout: 3 party MPs meet Alagiri on his birthday, extend support

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DMK fallout: 3 party MPs meet Alagiri on his birthday, extend support
Chennai, Jan 30: The ongoing trouble in Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party of Tamil Nadu is set to intensify as on Wednesday night, three DMK MLAs met MK Alagiri in Madurai and extended their support.

The party chief K Karunanidhi had two days ago suspended Alagiri from the party for alleged 'indiscipline'. The suspension is seen as a fallout of the sibling rivalry which has been going on in DMK between Karuna's sons Alagiri and Stalin.

The party MPs K P Ramalingam, D Napoleon and J K Ritheesh met the former union minister on his birthday eve and held discussions with him. Reportedly, the trio expressed their solidarity with him. "I will abide by whatever decision Alagiri takes," Napoleon, who represents the Perambalur Lok Sabha constituency, told reporters.

Meanwhile, Alagiri supporters are planning to celebrate his birthday in a big way in Madurai. It is also expected that he will announce his political plans on his birthday.

"I just returned from the US. I have come specifically to participate in the birthday celebrations of Alagiri. Bitter developments have taken place in the DMK. But I am behind Alagiri," he said.

It is also known that Napoleon would be releasing a book titled 'Anjanenjan (brave heart) 63' during the birthday celebrations on Thursday in Madurai.

Ritheesh, who represents Ramanathapuram Lok Sabha constituency and a relative of Suba Thangavelan, who is a loyalist of younger brother M K Stalin, said that the DMK in south Tamil Nadu was behind Alagiri. "I have come here to show that the party in the southern districts is behind Alagiri," he said.

Alagiri had met his father on January 24 to discuss the suspension of five DMK men from Madurai, who put up posters hailing Alagiri, and depicting him as the central figure in the DMK. The five were suspended as the posters hurt the men of Stalin, Alagiri's brother and the party's most prominent leader.

According to Karunanidhi, Alagiri said that Stalin would die in three months. However, Alagiri denied of this charge.

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