In an executive committee meeting the DMK paid rich tributes on Tuesday to its departed President M Karunanidhi, hailing his contribution to various sectors in the state and the country.
The party’s meeting working president M K Stalin heaped praises on the late party chief at party headquarters in Chennai.
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.
Stalin and senior leaders were present at the “emergency” meet, convened to condole the passing away of the Dravidian stalwart here.
After battling for life in a private hospital for about 10 days, Karunanidhi had breathed his last on August 7.
However, MK Alagiri who was expelled from the party in 2014 at the height of his fight with his younger brother M K Stalin over establishing supremacy in Tamil Nadu’s main opposition party paid tributes to his father on Monday at his grave on the Marina Beach and fulminated against Stalin, whom he accused of blocking his return into the DMK and selling party posts.
“All the true and loyal supporters of Thalaivar, Kalaignar (The leader and the artiste, sobriquets used for Karunanidhi) are with me, they are supporting me…time will provide the answer,” Alagiri, who has been leading a life away from the media glare in Madurai since his expulsion, told reporters.
Though Stalin sits firmly in the saddle and his ascension as DMK president is only a matter of time, Alagiri’s tough posturing may prod his supporters in Madurai and adjoining districts to come out openly against the new party chief.
(With agency inputs)