Chennai: DMK organising secretary P.V. Kalyanasundaram, a Stalin loyalist, has dropped a bombshell sending resignation letter to party president M. Karunanidhi while demanding that he announce Stalin as the CM candidate for the 2016 state polls and also cleanse the party of ‘corrupt elements’.
He named Kanimozhi, A. Raja and Dayanidhi Maran as persons who must be expelled to restore the DMK’s image.
Kalyanasundaram’s resignation comes in the backdrop of the attorney general giving the go ahead to CBI to file chargesheet in the Aircel-maxis deal case involving the Maran brothers. AG Mukul Rahtogi’s consent was the latest bombshell that had rocked the DMK boat, which was caught in whirlpool of scams ever since the 2G was unearthed during the UPA tenure.
The resignation has raised many eyebrows given that Karunanidhi’s estranged son M.K. Alagiri has been camping in the city for the last few days. Party insiders said the going had been tough for Kalyanasundaram of late and the party chief had pulled him up recently for ‘messing’ up in the party elections.
His loyalty to Stalin was rewarded sometime back when he was made one of the directors on the Kalaignar TV board even while the 2G trial stole most of the prime time news space in most of the news channels.
Though some party sources indicate that Alagiri, who continues to share good rapport with Kanimozhi unmindful of the animosity with his father, could have driven a wedge between Kalyasundaram and Gopalauram, some senior party functionaries conceded that the resignation was a ‘drama’ meant to eliminate potential threats to Stalin’s coronation as party chief.