Alagiri says suspension is a reaction of blackmailing…

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Former union minister M.K. Alagiri, who was suspended from the DMK, said he would not contest in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

The Madurai MP said his suspension was a prize given to him for seeking justice.

“Democracy is dead in the DMK. If putting up posters amount to violating party discipline, why no action was taken against those who put up posters hailing Stalin as future Chief Minister when party leader is alive,” he told.

Alagiri said he suspected someone was ‘blackmailing’ his father. “I suspect my father is being blackmailed. Otherwise, why would they suspend me without any rhyme or reason?” asked the Madurai MP.

The suspension came hours after a meeting between the former Union minister and Karunanidhi at the latter’s Gopalapuram residence, when the former seemed to have vented his anger at the axing of five more of his loyalists from the party on Thursday.

Minutes after Alagiri stormed out of Karunanidhi’s residence, senior party leaders, including treasurer and heir apparent M K Stalin and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi arrived there and held a conclave, which party sources said was focused on the Madurai satrap.

Asked whether he would field rival candidates against official DMK candidates, as he had done in the past he said there was no need as the DMK will be routed.

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