If Not Re-Inducted in DMK, Alagiri to Join BJP or Start Own Party?
Rumours are rife that Alagiri will be meeting Amit Shah during his visit to Tamil Nadu ahead of the 2021 polls.
After a long lull, Tamil Nadu has turned into a steaming pot of political surprises.
Sources suggest that DMK chief MK Stalin’s estranged older brother Alagiri might launch his own outfit, if he is not re-inducted into the DMK or probably join hands with BJP.
However, the leader has brushed aside the allegations.
“Those are cooked up stories. No one from the BJP has spoken to me. Why would the Home Minister meet me?" he said, reported NDTV.
Alagiri to Meet Amit Shah?
Sources close to the party confirmed that Alagiri has received requests from the saffron party to join them or their alliance, but the ex-DMK leader had reportedly turned them down.
“I didn't receive official communication. I didn't speak with MK Alagiri. I don't know anything. Many people are joining our party. If he comes and joins, we are ready to welcome him,” said L Murugan, the Tamil Nadu BJP President.
Rumours are rife that Alagiri will be meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah during latter’s visit to Tamil Nadu on 21 November, to participate in the BJP’s preparation events in the run-up to the 2021 Assembly polls.
“I’m happy he (Tamil Nadu BJP Chief L Murugan) said so. But I haven’t decided anything yet. I’ll decide my political stand after discussion with supporters. There’s no political strategy meet on 21st, it’s all rumours.”MK Alagiri to ANI
‘Alagiri Won’t Have Much Impact’: DMK Sources
Alagiri was reportedly expecting to reconcile with his family’s party. A few party cadres said that they believe that Alagiri’s joining the DMK would boost the unity of the party and shock its opponents.
Sources suggested that the DMK high-level committee meeting scheduled for 23 November will decide if he has a future in the party ahead of the 2021 Assembly polls.
A DMK leader, however, said the news of him joining the BJP or starting his party won’t matter as he “doesn’t have much impact”.
His new party could be called Kalaignar DMK, or KDMK, said sources, who also suggested his new party could patronise the BJP based on the DMK’s response. He told local media channels that he will let everyone know once he takes the decision and is yet to address his loyalists.
A few sources also said that Alagiri’s son Dayanidhi may take on the reins of the new party, like how Stalin’s son Udayanidhi is now heading the DMK youth wing.
The Other Son of Karunanidhi Who Was Expelled
Sixty-nine-years-old Alagiri was expelled from the DMK in 2014 when his father M Karunanidhi was heading the party.
Alagiri was always seen as a competitor of Stalin, but the latter was chosen by Karunanidhi as his successor.
The DMK chief had groomed his younger son MK Stalin as his political heir, who went from being the Chennai Mayor, MLA, a Minister and even the Deputy Chief Minister. Stalin had headed the youth wing for years before becoming its Treasurer, then the Executive President of the party. After the demise of Karunanidhi, he took over as the President of the party.
Alagiri has kept a low profile since his expulsion. His last prominent appearance was in September 2018, when he organised a rally in Chennai, 30 days after the death of his father Karunanidhi.
The Madurai Stronghold
Alagiri once served as the party’s south zone organising secretary and the most influential political figure in Madurai, due to his connect with cadre at the grass-root level. He was also in-charge of the party's mouthpiece ‘Murasoli’.
Karunanidhi had deputed Alagiri as in-charge of elections in the southern districts and was victorious.
In 2009, Alagiri was elected as MP of Madurai and made the Union Chemicals Minister in the Manmohan Singh Cabinet.
In March 2014, Alagiri was sacked after he had accused the party high command of acting unilaterally. Karunanidhi had addressed the press after a showdown at his residence with Alagiri, stating that he has no place in the party.
BJP Roping in New Faces
This is the first state elections for Tamil Nadu post the deaths of veterans Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi.
The BJP might have succeeded in consolidating majority of the country, but when it comes to Tamil Nadu, they have not made even a dent. This year, the party has decided to devise various ‘Hindu nationalist’ strategies to garner support and is trying its best to gain on the void created by the absence of the two Dravidian leaders.
They have roped in several new known faces like actor Khushbu who deflected from the Congress, former IPS officer K Annamalai as party vice-president and L Murugan as state president.
Will Alagiri take the chance and join hands with the BJP in rebellion against the DMK? Or will he be able to start his own party, stay away from the saffron side and be able to garner support independently? A few more days, and we will have an answer.
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