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Democracy dead in DMK, says Alagiri

Chennai: Stung by the DMK move to suspend him, former Union Minister M K Alagiri today charged that democracy was dead in the party and questioned why no action was taken against his younger brother
PTI January 26, 2014 16:18 IST
PTI
Chennai: Stung by the DMK move to suspend him, former Union Minister M K Alagiri today charged that democracy was dead in the party 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.

Alagiri said he was being "rewarded" for seeking justice on certain allegations made by some workers regarding internal elections in the party headed by his father M Karunanidhi.

He said he had taken up the matter with the party high command which promised a probe but did not act.

"Democracy is dead in the party. On January 31, I will meet the press in Madurai and submit proof (about alleged irregularities in internal polls)," he told reporters here.

When it was pointed out that he had been suspended for "creating confusion", he shot back saying if pasting posters supporting him was wrong, the same yardstick should be applied to Stalin and his supporters also.

"Is it wrong to paste posters supporting me. They (Stalin's supporters) describe him as future Chief Minister and even future party president when the party president (Karunanidhi) is alive," he said and asked why no action has been initiated against his brother's supporters.

Asked if he had been suspended for not accepting Stalin's leadership, he said he did not know that but added the action against him was planned one.

He reiterated that he will not contest the coming Lok Sabha polls or field rival candidates to DMK, saying "the party will lose by itself."