New Delhi: The family feud of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has pushed the seven-year old alliance between the Congress and DMK on the edge. The tug of war between M K Stalin and M K Alagiri for getting prominence in the party is billed to be the main reason for the current turmoil.

Alagiri, elder son of Karunanidhi, is said to have perpetuated this upheaval while his younger brother and state Deputy Chief Minster Stalin is bating for keeping the alliance afloat and trying to iron out the problems with the help of CVK and PMK parties.

If the Congress-DMK split sees the light of day, Alagiri could be in a win-win situation. Alagiri alone has stronghold on 110 seats of south Tamil Nadu, while the position of Stalin will be stronger on 100 seats of south Tamil Nadu if the alliance of DMK, CVK and PMK goes with the Congress.

In a bid to consolidate vote bank, Alagiri wants to leverage the development done by the Centre in the rural areas of the south Tamil Nadu. He wants to settle his political scores in north Tamil Nadu by raising 2G spectrum issue.
Alagiri sees his position stronger in south Tamil Nadu as there could be a fracture of the mandate if the Congress party and the alliance of AIDMK and MDMK (Vijaykanth) contest election separately, which could raise his stature in the DMK.

Alagiri could reap the benefits if the position of Stalin in North Tamil Nadu weakens. This is the reason why Alagiri is showing his tough stand on the recent upheaval in the UPA-DMK alliance.

Alagiri has also inflamed the anger of his step-sister Kanimozhi and step-mother Dayalu, who have come under fire owing the probe of 2G spectrum scam.

With the pressure of Alagiri, the DMK pulled out of the UPA government, but arithmetic of votes made Stalin keep the alliance going.   
JPN/ Bureau

(JPN/ Bureau)