Zee Media Bureau
Chennai: In a significant development ahead of General Elections, DMK president M Karunanidhi on Tuesday permanently expelled elder son MK Alagiri from the party, two months after suspending him.
Karunanidhi said he along with DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan decided to expel Alagiri because his son was critical of the party in the run-up to the Lok Sabha election and causing confusion in the minds of DMK members and supporters.
A defiant Alagiri told a news agency: "I have no reaction (to my dismissal). I just had lunch, and want to sleep peacefully. I am not the loser. They are the losers."
Asked if he would float a new party, he said: "As of now I have no such plans. Everything will be decided after discussing with my supporters."
Last week, the DMK had threatened disciplinary action against party members if they were found to be in touch with Alagiri.
In a statement, Anbazhagan had said Alagiri was causing confusion by organising meetings on the pretext of meeting his supporters.
On January 24, the DMK had suspended the 63-year-old Alagiri for opposing his brother MK Stalin, 61, who is tipped for the party`s top post.
Both are sons of Karunanidhi.
Recently, Alagiri met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh, creating a flutter in political circles.
Alagiri said he would discuss with his supporters and decide the formation of a new party.
Alagiri is said to be upset as none of his supporters got tickets to contest the General Elections.
Founded in 1949 by CN Annadurai, the DMK is one of the oldest parties in India. The party came to power in Tamil Nadu in 1967 - 18 years after it was formed. Annadurai was the party`s first chief minister.
In 1969, Annadurai died and was succeeded by Karunanidhi with the support of Tamil movie hero MG Ramachandran (MGR) - then with DMK - and other leaders and members of the Legislative Assembly.
In 1972, MGR was expelled after differences with Karunanidhi. Following his expulsion, MGR floated the AIADMK and later captured power in 1977. The DMK was out of power till 1988, but returned in 1989.
Meanwhile, Karunanidhi brought the party under his thumb and started projecting his son Stalin. The party underwent another split when Vaiko was sent out. Vaiko later floated his MDMK party.
(With IANS inputs)