Chennai: Sibling rivalry in DMK's first family resurfaced on Thursday with party Treasurer MK Stalin dismissing his elder brother M K Alagiri's critical comments about him as Chief Ministerial candidate as "frustration" of an individual.
Stalin, often touted as DMK President M Karunanidhi's political heir apparent, which was not acceptable to Alagiri, said he had been repeatedly insisting that his father will lead from the front in the next year assembly elections and also will be the Chief Minister should DMK win the polls.
"I have been strongly insisting that Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) will be the next Chief Minister. I have never called me a Chief Ministerial candidate and have never nurtured any such thoughts," he said in a statement here.
He was responding to Alagiri's remarks to a section of media about a survey favouring Stalin as Chief Ministerial candidate.
The Madurai-based Alagiri, expelled from DMK, had rubbished the opinion poll favouring his sibling for the top post.
He had reportedly referred to DMK's poor performance in last year's Lok Sabha elections under Stalin, where it failed to win a single seat out of the 39 in Tamil Nadu.
While reiterating his desire to see his father as the party-led government's Chief Minister, Stalin said that "some persons are deliberately trying to create problems" in DMK.
"Partymen need not take such persons' views seriously... I don't want to get into a verbal fight. Media may blow up the remarks of frustrated individuals but there is no need for DMK and myself to attach any importance to them," he said.