Madurai: Union Chemicals and Fertilisers
Minister MK Alagiri, son of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi,
turned 60 on Sunday with party workers celebrating the occasion by
offering prayers in temples here.
DMK workers organised "Annadhanam` (free feast) to poor
people in almost all the big temples in this city and
performed religious rituals, including pulling a `Golden
chariot` of Lord Muruga at Tiruparankunram.
The celebrations were on a low-key compared to last year
when the city wore a festive look and banners and flex
boards were put up in almost all parts.
Besides, Alagiri had asked his supporters some days ago
to refrain from coming to see him in person on his birthday as
he would not be in the city.
Deputy Chief Minister MK Stalin had met his elder
brother here yesterday to greet him on the eve of his
"I came one day in advance... because Annan (brother)
said he will not be in the city tomorrow," Stalin had said
seeking to put an end to speculation about a rift with his
Alagiri, who had reportedly protested inaction by DMK
against former Telecom Minister A Raja over the 2G spectrum
scam, had recently met Karunandhi to sort out the differences.
After the meeting, he denied making any demand for action
On Thursday, Alagiri and his wife Gandhi exchanged
garlands in the presence of Karunanidhi and family members to
celebrate his birthday.
As part of the celebrations here today, Alagiri`s wife
donated cows at Kallazhagar temple.
Free feast was also organised at Yoga Narasimhar temple
at Yanaimalai where Alagiri began his election campaign when
he contested from the Madurai Lok Sabha constituency.
The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Minister KR
Periyakaruppan inaugurated the `Manivizha` (60th birthday
celebrations) by cutting a cake.
A variety of gifts, including stainless steel utensils,
saris, dhotis and sweets were distributed to poor people.