If readmitted to DMK, Alagiri willing to accept Stalin's leadership
Expelled DMK leader MK Alagiri has said he will accept Stalin as the leader if he is readmitted to the party. Alagiri's latest statements are in sharp contradiction to his previous ones where he claimed he would challenge younger brother Stalin for the DMK President's post and had also stated he had cadres' support. Interestingly, Stalin was elected DMK's second-ever President on Tuesday.
DMK's general body isn't the party, tells Alagiri
Speaking to reporters in Madurai, Alagiri said the current leadership wasn't ready to let him into the party. When questioned about accepting Stalin as a leader, Alagiri said, "If I am in the party, then I will." Further, he advised the DMK to understand that the general body wasn't the party and reiterated that he had the support of party cadres.
Meanwhile, Alagiri has organized peaceful march to Karunanidhi' s grave
Notably, Alagiri has organized a peaceful march to Karunanidhi's grave in Marina Beach on September 5, which he claimed will happen as planned if he isn't reinstated to DMK. About the arrangements, he said the ruling government (AIADMK) didn't pose any problems.
Alagiri willing to return, but will Stalin accept him?
However, it seems Alagiri's falling in line may have less effect on DMK. Reportedly, Stalin is not willing to give into Alagiri's demands of readmitting him to party, even if he returns to the family. Alagiri, a former union minister in UPA government, was expelled by DMK patriarch Karunanidhi in 2014 over disciplinary issues. He made an appearance when Karunanidhi died.