Alagiri may quit cabinet to focus on TN polls
Fertiliser minister M K Alagiri is keen to return to Tamil Nadu politics, by resigning from the union cabinet by mid December to campaign for his party, DMK, in southern districts of Tamil Nadu.
Highly placed DMK sources said Alagiri was now convinced that he needed to work for the success of DMK in the assembly elections, due by April 2011.
Alagiri has been camping in Madurai for the past one month, as he is busy with preparations for his son Dayanidhi’s marriage there on November 18.
Alagiri has invited both prime minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi to bless the couple in Madurai. Till Monday afternoon, there was no confirmation from them if they would go to Madurai.
Since the special protection group (SPG) did not send an advance team for the security, the minister’s close friends are anxious. The top duo’s absence obviously would send a wrong political signal, especially when A Raja of DMK has resigned as telecom minister over the 2G spectrum scam.
After the family event is over, Alagiri will concentrate on 85 assemblies constituencies under his charge. Alagiri has also openly stated that he would seek ballot voting to elect the candidate for the post of chief minister from among the elected candidates. He has also conveyed this to his father, DMK patriarch and chief minister M Karunanidhi.
A decision is likely to be taken by Karunanidhi and the DMK presidium by early December.
Alagiri has not been attending union cabinet meetings, parliament and even participating in the day-to-day administration.