Karunanidhi at a press conference at the party headquarters in Chennai said Alagiri spewed hatred when he remarked that Stalin would die in three months. (Agencies)
"He (Alagiri) has some unknown hatred against Stalin. Alagiri even said Stalin would die in three months. No father can tolerate such words against a son. As the party chief, I had to tolerate them," he said.
Detailing the events leading to Alagiri's suspension, the DMK patriarch said Alagiri had been giving interviews to newspapers and TV channels against the party's General and Executive Councils' decision (about tie-up with DMDK), resulting in undesirable political fallout.
Hours later, Alagiri, suspended as party's South Zone Organizing Secretary, in a rather emotional reaction in Madurai, said he would like to die ahead of Karunanidhi.
"His tears must roll on my corpse; president (Karunanidhi) should live well; he must live beyond 100 years," he told reporters.
Alagiri rubbished as baseless the charges leveled against him.
"Not even in my dream could I imagine such charges. Anyway, I take it as his greetings for my birthday.(Alagiri's birthday falls on January 30).”
Giving his version on the turn of events that took place on January 24 when he met Karunanidhi, Alagiri said he only took up the grievances of party workers.
Alleging that representations and complaints of party workers addressed to the party high command (Karunanidhi, Anbazhagan) and sent through fax were swept under the carpet, Alagiri said that was the reason why he chose to call on Karunanidhi and explain issues.
"This is the prize (suspension) that I have got for fighting for justice... as a result of fighting for the party workers," he said.
He also apprised the party deputy general secretary Duraimurugan of the complaints of party workers and requested him to consider them, Alagiri added.
Alagiri also said the charges that were being made on Tuesday by Karunanidhi against him did not figure in the formal suspension note issued by DMK General Secretary K Anbazhagan, which was also published in the party mouthpiece 'Murasoli.'
"The allegations made by party president (today) does not find a mention in the suspension note.. it is published in Murasoli..look at it."
Once again referring to the allegations made by Karunanidhi, Alagiri said he was schocked. "Party workers know me well.. they will not believe these(charges)... I will always stand behind them."
Meanwhile, posters condemning Alagiri for his alleged remarks against Stalin appeared in several parts of Chennai today. Effigies of Alagiri were also burnt.
Karunanidhi at a press conference at the party headquarters in Chennai said Alagiri spewed hatred when he remarked that Stalin would die in three months.