KARUNANIDHI TO LEAD DMK; PARTY TO REMAIN IN UPA
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Coimbatore, July 24: Putting a lid on the succession war, DMK today decided that it would be continued to be led by 88-year-old M Karunanidhi and resolved to remain in the UPA.
"The Dravidian movement continues to be led by Karunanidhi," a resolution passed at the General Council meeting here said, in a clear message to the warring siblings party treasurer M K Stalin and Union Minister M K Alagiri against raking up the succession issue.
Supporters of Stalin had yesterday vociferously pitched for a greater role for their leader which was resented by Alagiri's followers, but the issue was ultimately laid to rest by an upset Karunanidhi himself who reportedly asked the Executive meeting whether they wanted him to step down.
"DMK will continue in the UPA alliance. That's why I said status quo will be maintained," Karunanidhi told reporters after the meeting when asked about the party's position on continuing its ties with the Congress which has come under strain in recent months in the wake of the 2G scam.
He also said the party would not seek replacements for A Raja and Dayanidhi Maran who had quit the cabinet over the 2G controversy. "We had not sought replacements. As far as the DMK is concerned, those two berths will remain vacant and we will not make efforts to fill them," he said.
The decision on remaining with UPA and not to send replacements for the two Union Cabinet slots came at the end of the General Council meeting.
Karunanidhi refused to commit himself on the succession issue, saying the DMK had a system for electing leaders and the party knew when to conduct the election.
As the sibling rivalry played out at the Council, the party adopted a resolution to continue to be led by Karunanidhi.
But the issue resurfaced later when a former MP was learnt to have asked Karunanidhi to think on whose hands the party would be safe in future, evoking shouts of 'Thalapathy' (commander), as Stalin is referred to, by his supporters.
At this, Karunanidhi adjourned the meeting for lunch break, DMK sources said.
Apparently upset over the developments, Alagiri, who has always maintained Karunanidhi was healthy enough to continue to lead the party, skipped the post-lunch session.
Karunanidhi, however, denied Alagiri had boycotted the session. "If he had to boycott, what was the need for him to attend it at all in the first place," he said insisting his elder son had left after participating in the deliberations.
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