A wave of tension gripped DMK after party patriarch Karunanidhi's son MK Alagiri went against his brother and working president of the party, MK Stalin and demanded a role in the party. However, the senior leaders chose to completely ignore the Alagiri threat at the emergency meeting called today in Chennai.

A war of succession between late DMK chief M Karunanidhi's two sons Stalin and Alagiri had driven the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) to have an emergency meeting in an attempt to keep its flock together.

In fact, senior leaders K Anbazhagan and Duraimurugan even hinted at Stalin being unanimously appointed as the president of DMK party after the death of party chief M Karunanidhi.

Soon after the death of Karunanidhi, Alagiri, who was expelled from the party in 2014 by Karunanidhi himself, visited the memorial on Marina beach yesterday almost threatening the unity of the party. He said, "Most of the cadres of the DMK offer their support to me. I have expressed my anguish to my father. You will all know about it soon."

Alagiri has stated that he not only wants his way back into DMK, but is also keen on bagging a key portfolio in the party. Stalin, in turn, has reportedly been advised against re-instating Alagiri into the party.

Alagiri was initially suspended by DMK for alleged anti-party activities thereby tarnishing the image of senior party leaders. But when his activities did not stop even at suspension, he was expelled by Karunanidhi.

Now, Alagiri wants to be back in the party and hold the treasurer's post, which is vacant.

Recently, Alagiri had expressed his anger against Karunanidhi and had told that (despite being expelled) he was a DMK man and that Kalaignar (as Karunanidhi was popularly called) was being partial towards Stalin, all the while ignoring him (Alagiri). The shunted son had also warned of entering the party through a legal battle.

Both Alagiri and Stalin are Karunanidhi's sons from his second wife Dayalu Ammal.