90-year-old Karunanidhi is likely to put his supporters in poll-battle mode for the Lok Sabha polls at the conference.
    
The conference comes days after a power tussle in Karunanidhi's family between his son elder son MK Alagiri and Stalin, which subsequently led to the suspension of the former.
     
Conference organizer KN Nehru claimed that the programme would prove to be a turning point for DMK and it would emerge triumphant in the Lok Sabha polls and also next Assembly elections.
     
Two district presidents from southern districts of Tuticorin and Dindigul were among those given importance to address the meeting immediately after the flag hoisting, probably to indicate that the party cadres were with the Stalin faction in South Tamil Nadu.
    
The turnout for the conference was very impressive, and the DMK chief had to slowly wade through the thick crowd of his partymen.
    
Some party cadres were unhappy with the ‘poor’ security arrangements by the state police.
    
Unveiling of portraits of various Dravidian leaders was the highlight of the function.
     
Some speakers lambasted the media for reportedly spreading the rumour that DMK had been isolated for the Lok Sabha polls.

They said that DMK was ready to face the elections alone and it was confident that the people would ally with the party, enabling it to win all 39 seats in the state and the lone seat in Puducherry.
    
Earlier, Karunanidhi unfurled the party flag on a 90-feet-high flag-mast, indicating his age.

(Agencies)

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