Chennai: Dismissing speculations that he deliberately skipped the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) executive meeting on Monday, party chief M Karunanidhi's son MK Alagiri said he was unwell and therefore couldn't be a part of the gathering. "I wasn't feeling well and so I couldn't attend. It is not necessary for all leaders to attend all the meetings," he said.
Sources, however, suggested that Alagiri is upset with younger brother MK Stalin, Karunanidhi's political heir, for reportedly pushing their father to withdraw support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA). He left for Madurai by a morning flight, they added.
Karunanidhi and other senior DMK leaders are also reportedly miffed with Alagiri for calling on Congress leaders after resigning as a cabinet minister. There were reports that Alagiri had met Finance Minister P Chidambaram after submitting his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Meanwhile, the DMK has decided not to extend outside support to the government. "We have withdrawn support to the UPA and have decided not to offer even outside support to the UPA. The meeting was held to discuss how to fight for the Sri Lankan Tamils," said party leader Tiruchi Shiva.
The DMK meet came days after India voted against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in Geneva. India did not move any amendments to the US-backed resolution against Sri Lanka even as the DMK had demanded inclusion of the word 'genocide' in the draft.