Chennai, Jan 05 (Agencies): Differences appear to have cropped up in DMK's first family with Union Minister M K Alagiri, elder son of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, voicing displeasure over party affairs and prominence given to younger sibling Kanimozhi.

Upset over recent developments, including DMK allegedly shielding former Telecom Minister A Raja on the 2G Spectrum issue, Alagiri is understood to have conveyed to Karunanidhi during their January 2 meeting that Raja should be stripped of the party post of 'propaganda secretary' immediately so it could distance itself from the scam.

He was piqued over the reported telephonic talks by state Information Technology Minister Poongothai with corporate lobbyist Nira Radia, in which she had spoken against him, informed sources said.

Since Poongothai is known as a protege of Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP, he is believed to have told Karunanidhi that action should be taken against both of them.

He also expressed his desire to quit the Union Cabinet as he was ill at ease in Delhi because of the language problem and would like to concentrate more in state politics, sources said.

DMK officially has neither denied nor confirmed the reports.

 

Baalu meets Sonia, conveys new year greetings 

Meanwhile, senior party leader TR Baalu met Congress president Sonia Gandhi here on Wednesday amid reports of factional trouble in the DMK

"It was a courtesy call. I conveyed (party president) M Karunanidhi's New Year greetings to the Congress president," Baalu told reporters after the meeting at Gandhi's 10 Janpath residence.

Baalu said his meeting with Gandhi had nothing to do with reports from Chennai that DMK leader and central Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers MK Alagiri had submitted his resignation from the government to party chief Karunanidhi.

Alagiri reportedly wants the DMK to distance itself from disgraced former telecom minister A Raja, who resigned in November in the wake of the 2G spectrum scandal.