Alagiri’s 1st reaction on expulsion from DMK: ‘Just had lunch, want to sleep peacefully’

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In a significant development ahead of General Elections, DMK president M Karunanidhi on Tuesday permanently expelled elder son MK Alagiri from the party, two months after suspending him.

Karunanidhi said he along with DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan decided to expel Alagiri because his son was critical of the party in the run-up to the Lok Sabha election and causing confusion in the minds of DMK members and supporters.

A defiant Alagiri told a news agency: “I have no reaction (to my dismissal). I just had lunch, and want to sleep peacefully. I am not the loser. They are the losers.”

Asked if he would float a new party, he said: “As of now I have no such plans. Everything will be decided after discussing with my supporters.”

Last week, the DMK had threatened disciplinary action against party members if they were found to be in touch with Alagiri.

In a statement, Anbazhagan had said Alagiri was causing confusion by organising meetings on the pretext of meeting his supporters.

On January 24, the DMK had suspended the 63-year-old Alagiri for opposing his brother MK Stalin, 61, who is tipped for the party’s top post.

Both are sons of Karunanidhi.

Recently, Alagiri met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh, creating a flutter in political circles.

Alagiri said he would discuss with his supporters and decide the formation of a new party.

Alagiri is said to be upset as none of his supporters got tickets to contest the General Elections.