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Alagiri skips DMK meet, party tones down attack on Centre

Dual headlines emerged from a meeting of senior leaders of the DMK in Chennai on Monday – firstly, MK Alagiri was absent, signalling that he remains upset with his father and party chief M Karunanidhi; secondly, the DMK session went easier on the Centre than anticipated.

‘We are in no hurry to topple the UPA government,’ said the party’s general secretary Anbazhagan. He also appealed to party cadre, ‘don't have any sibling rivalry or any other family feud. Our leader and I get hurt’, in a tacit reference to the reported sibling rivalry between Alagiri and his younger brother MK Stalin.

The DMK last week quit the UPA, after demanding that India should accuse Sri Lanka of the ‘genocide’ of ethnic Tamils at the UN’s Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. The exit from the government was allegedly shaped by Karunanidhi’s younger son, Stalin.

On Monday, the DMK stand was more modulated, with leaders reiterating that India should move a strong resolution against Sri Lanka in Geneva.
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