Former Union minister M K Alagiri said that his ‘participation would be there’ in the 2021 Tamil Nadu assembly elections on Tuesday. “What and how my participation would be decided after I consulted my supporters in Madurai,” said Alagiri.
Always seen as the strongman of DMK from the south, Alagiri proved it in the 2009 Thirumangalam byelection and others that followed. However, due to strained relations between him and his brother MK Stalin he stayed away from politics while the latter became the DMK president.
Alagiri visited the family of his supporter, Essar Gopi at Meenakshipuram in Madurai to condole the death of the latter’s brother S Marudhu on Tuesday. This was his first public appearance since the lockdown.
Alagiri was given police protection for the visit. He spoke to media personnel while coming out and when he was asked if he planned to start his party, Alagiri said the decision would be taken after consultation with his supporters in Madurai. However, sources said that he would meet his supporters on December 24.
When asked about reports of his son Dayanidhi Alagiri planning to get a prominent post in DMK, Alagiri said it was as much a rumour like the one wherein he was planning to meet the Union Minister Amit Shah when the latter visited Chennai.
MK Alagiri was expelled from DMK by his father Karunanidhi in 2014. In 2018, after Karunanidhi’s death, Alagiri questioned Stalin’s leadership despite his father choosing the latter as the political heir.
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