Alagiri challenges Stalin: Succession War in DMK begins after the patriarch is gone

New Delhi, August 13, News24 Bureau: Alagiri takes on heir apparent Stalin and all show of bonhomie when the DMK patriarch passed away fizzled out and the rift is out in open once again. In less than a week later after the patriarch's death, Alagiri, the elder son of Karunanidhi, has challenged his brother Stalin, who is Karunanidhi's chosen one and is now DMK working president for the party.Alagiri was speaking to reporters at his father's memorial at Marina Beach in Chennai, "My father's true relatives are all are on my side. All the supporters in Tamil Nadu are on my side and are encouraging me only. Only time will give the answers."Alagiri was sacked from the party by Karunanidhi in 2014, in favour of Stalin as his heir apparent. He had visited the memorial at Marina Beach this morning.Speaking to reporters today, Alagiri said, "I'm here to pay my respects to my father. I won't speak on the DMK executive meet since I am not a member of the DMK. But the true supporters of Kalaignar are with me. Only time will give a befitting reply. I am pained at whats happening."Alagiri cannot be taken for granted and is believed to still hold sway in Madurai. 

Alagiri had won the 2009 Lok Sabha elections from the city and was also Chemical and Fertilizer Minister in Manmohan Singh government.

With Agencies