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Karunanidhi's sons at loggerheads over Marans


Sandhya Ravishankar,CNN-IBN
Jun 16, 2008 at 01:40pm IST

Cuddalore: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's two sons are at loggerheads again, this time over the Marans.

Huge posters in Cuddalore welcome the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) heir apparent and Karunanidhi's younger son MK Stalin to a women's rally, but he never came.

Party sources say an angry Stalin avoided the event, which his elder brother Azahgiri attended.

On Karunanidhi's 85th birthday the estranged Maran brothers who are known to be close to Stalin went to wish the Chief Minister.

Azahgiri discovered this and told his father in no uncertain terms that he should not meet the Marans. The Marans were accordingly turned away and an angry Stalin stormed off to London.

Azahgiri refused to speak on camera but confirmed over the phone that he and Stalin were at loggerheads as far as the Marans were concerned, but he also stated that Stalin's absence at the rally was in no way connected to that tiff.

The question now is who holds more clout with Karunanidhi.

Past tensions between the two brothers were sorted out last year when they publicly announced their affection and solidarity with each other.

This new power tussle though does not hold too well for Stalin, even though his supporters maintain that there is no problem between the brothers.

"Everybody knows that Stalin is ill and gone abroad for the treatment, all these are rumors." K Ponmudi, Tamil Nadu Minister of Higher Education, said.

The DMK is now filled with lobby - one on Stalin-Maran side and the other an Azahgiri-Kanimozhi combination.

Once again it will be up to the octogenarian Karunanidhi to bring back an uneasy peace within the family.

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