Making light of M K Alagiri’s remarks on his “death”, DMK Treasurer M K Stalin today asked partymen not to burn effigies of his “elder brother”, saying party discipline was supreme.

“I don’t want to take seriously what Alagiri said about me. Neither do I want to make it a big issue. All those who are born have to die one day,” he said.

A day after DMK president M Karunanidhi said his elder son Alagiri had stated Stalin will die in three months and that how could he tolerate that as a father, the Chennai-based leader said the party patriarch would have been hurt in the same way even if he had spoke bad about Alagiri.

“That’s why he said that rather than being my sons they are party members,” Stalin said in a statement here.

The party’s well-being was important for Karunanidhi who along with DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan was taking carefully planned decisions in this regard, he said.

“I regret coming across reports of some party comrades burning effigies of Annan (elder brother) Alagiri. This is unacceptable as it challenges political decency and is an effort at harming the discipline and dignity in the party being followed for long,” he said.

The statement released by DMK headquarters was titled “Elder brother Alagiri’s effigies should not be burnt; requests Treasurer Stalin,” and came a day after Karunanidhi’s outburst against his elder son prompted party supporters to paste posters against him and burn his effigies in different parts of the state.

Accusing Alagiri of nurturing “unknown hatred” against his younger brother, Karunanidhi had stated that his Madurai-based son had even said Stalin will die in three months.

“No father can tolerate such words against a son. As the party chief, I had to tolerate them,” Karunanidhi had said even as the allegations were refuted by Alagiri.

Karuna writes to PM seeking security for Stalin

Amid the simmering sibling rivalry in the DMK’s first family that triggered the suspension of his elder son M K Alagiri from the party, DMK chief M Karunanidhi has written to the Prime Minister seeking additional security for his younger son Stalin.

Party sources said the DMK president had recently written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking increased protection, “after the Alagiri incident,” in an apparent reference to escalation of tension in DMK’s first family involving Alagiri.

Sources declined to divulge the contents of the letter.

Stalin is provided security cover of armed CRPF commandos after an alleged attempt on his life at Madurai railway station in June 2006.

(This article was published on January 29, 2014)
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