The DMK party paid rich tributes to its departed president M Karunanidhi, hailing his contribution to various sectors in the state and the country. The meet however did not mention Karunanidhi’s elder son M K Alagiri, who is currently expelled from the party.
Earlier , Signalling resumption of the family feud over M Karunanidhi’s legacy days after his death, his estranged son MK Alagiri claimed that all loyal party workers were with him and that the DMK will “dig its own grave if he does not take him back. He paid tributes his father’s grave at Marina beach before accusing Stalin of blocking his return to the party.
However, in special meeting of the party’s Executive Committee under working president M K Stalin heaped praises on the late party chief. The party recalled his contribution towards social justice, industrialisation, upholding regional autonomy and his role in various national events. Party leaders observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
“Party has lost our leader but I have lost the leader as well as my father, Stalin said. “When Kalaignar was in his last stage I held CM’s hands and pleaded to fulfill his (Karunanidhi) last wish to be buried in Marina Beach but govt didn’t agree,” he said.
Stalin and senior leaders were present at the “emergency” meet, convened to condole the passing away of the Dravidian stalwart in Chennai. After battling for life in a private hospital for about 10 days, Karunanidhi had breathed his last on August 7.
Meanwhile , rallying behind the party working president MK Stalin, some members in the national executive of the DMK have accused the central government of attempting to create rift in the party.
DMK executive council member Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan while speaking at the meeting alleged “the central government is trying to create a split in the party. We should not give space for them to create any rift and we should stay together.”