DMK party chief Karunandhi's son MK Alagiri has skipped the party executive meeting that began in Chennai on Monday, raising speculations that all is not well within the Dravidian party.
Top leaders of the DMK are likely to pass a resolution against the UPA government, after it withdrew support last week following the government's failure to bring amendments to the UN resolution against Sri Lanka.
Karunandhi's older son Alagiri is reportedly miffed at his father for taking the decision to pull out of the Congress-led UPA without consulting him. There are also reports suggesting that Alagiri is upset with his younger brother Stalin, who was reportedly instrumental in DMK's decision to withdraw support for UPA.
Alagiri is said to have met his father on Sunday and conveyed his displeasure over the party's decision to pull out of UPA. He skipped DMK party meeting and has left for Madurai. But, Alagiri has denied that his absence at the party meet is a sign of protest. "Am I the only one skipping the DMK executive meet?" he asked in Madurai. "Do all invitees attend the meet?" reported NDTV.
The DMK party meeting is taking place just few days after India voted against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in Geneva. Karunanidhi had demanded the UPA government to bring two amendments in the UN resolution. He demanded that the war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan Army against the Tamils in the island country should be declared a genocide.
His second demand was the setting up of an independent international commission to probe into the allegations of war crimes against the Sri Lankan Tamils and violation of International Human Rights Law. Although India voted in favour of the United States-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN session, it did not move any amendments as demanded by the DMK party as well as other groups in Tamil Nadu.
Monday's meeting in Chennai will be crucial for DMK. The party will decide on its future plans against the UPA government for not taking a tough stand on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue. They are expected to plan a strategy for the next Lok Sabha elections.