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Muthuvel Karunanidhi Azhagiri generally known as M. K. Alagiri, is an Indian politician and a Cabinet Minister. He is the second son of the head of Dravida Munnetra Kazagham, M. Karunanidhi.
M. K. Alagiri mother, Mrs. Dayaalu Ammal, is the second wife of M. Karunanidhi. His son is the film producer, Dayanidhi Azhagiri.
Although he harbored hopes of eventual accession to the post of President, Karunanidhi always appeared to prefer his younger son, M. K. Stalin, a former mayor of Chennai and currently the Deputy Chief minister of Tamil Nadu. In fact, in 2000, orders went out that party members should ‘distance’ themselves from Azhagiri.
Following clashes between the supporters of M. K. Stalin and M. K. Alagiri, he was sent to manage the party in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu from Madurai, while M. K. Stalin was retained in Chennai to manage the party in the northern districts.
The succession crisis came out into the open when party members loyal to Alagiri attacked the Madurai office of Dinakaran and set it to fire, in which three staffs were burnt. Dinakaran is a part of the Sun TV group owned by Kalanidhi Maran. He is also accused of conspiring in the murder of the former DMK Minister, T. Kiruttinan.
Parliament Election Debut
The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) high command has given a ticket for M. K. Alagiri to contest the Lok Sabha (Indian parliament) polls from the Madurai constituency. The post was given to him after he managed three by elections successfully.
M. K. Alagiri was also appointed the DMK South Zone Organising Secretary. On winning the elections he was appointed to the Council of Ministers under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
Media reports claim that he is disappearing from parliament during Question hours, due to English / Hindi communication problem. In order to ease the situation, he gives out a pre-written reply in English, while his deputy takes supplementary questions.
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