That may not be entirely true. On June 29, 2001, the Tamil Nadu police had arrested Karunanidhi well past midnight. He was bodily lifted from his house and carried out. The clip, played ad nauseam on Sun TV over the next few days, led to a groundswell of popular sentiment against the AIADMK government. In 2007, Dinakaran, a newspaper owned by the Sun group, published the results of what it said was a state-wide survey projecting Karunanidhi's younger son, Stalin, as the likely heir to Karunanidhi, with 70 per cent of the respondents supporting him, while older son Alagiri got 2 per cent.
Enraged Alagiri supporters vandalised the Dinakaran offices. The Marans were on shaky ground. Dayanidhi had to step down as telecom minister. (Andimuthu Raja was his replacement.) Not satisfied with that, DMK launched Kalaignar TV to rival Sun TV. Sharad Kumar, a former Sun employee, was hired to run it. And Arasu Cable Corporation was formed to take on the Kalanithi-owned Sumangali Cable Vision. The Marans patched up with their grand-uncle only before the 2009 general elections. It is believed that Stalin, who has been close to the brothers, and Selvi, Karunanidhi's daughter, brought about the reconciliation. Dayanidhi again got the DMK ticket for Chennai Central, won and became the textile minister.