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DMK sidelining persons opposing Stalin: Aladi Aruna

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, MARCH 18. The rebel Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader, Aladi Aruna, who has offered to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party and its ally in Tamil Nadu, today declared that the DMK had ``no right'' to expel him from the organisation.

Mr. Aruna, who was suspended recently, told the media here that he had only questioned the party high-level committee's decision to ally with the Congress without even convening the executive committee or the general council.

In his reply to a show-cause notice, copies of which he released to the media, Mr.Aruna accused the high command of sidelining those who were suspected of opposing the leadership of M.K.Stalin, son of the DMK president, M. Karunanidhi.

The alliance with the Congress, which had dismissed the DMK Government twice in the past, only betrayed complete absence of self-respect.

``Expelling me from the party is similar to awarding death sentence to an innocent person,'' Mr. Aruna said. He respected Mr. Karunanidhi's leadership, but could not approve of his mistakes.

The DMK walked out of the National Democratic Alliance Government, giving ``false reasons'' of failure to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) and to declare Tamil a classical language.

Asked why he was opposing the promotion of Mr.Stalin now, Mr.Aruna insisted that the party lost the 2001 Assembly elections only because it projected him as the chief ministerial candidate.

He was unfit to become Chief Minister or lead the party headed by stalwarts such as C.N.Annadurai and Mr.Karunanidhi, Mr.Aruna said.

In his reply to the show-cause notice issued by the general secretary, K.Anbazhagan, Mr.Aruna also charged that the DMK Trust, which constructed Anna Arivalayam, party headquarters building, with funds from partymen, was being run like a ``family property''. And the Murasoli Trust, which published the party organ, Murasoli was functioning like a publicity machinery of Mr.Stalin, Mr.Aruna charged.

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