January 1968 should go into the record books as a memorable event in TamilNadu history. The country was facing a major turmoil.
The Cauvery tribunal board was not yet finalised. But the tension and animosity between the two southern states was on an all time high.
At this time, three major amendments to the constitution of the South Indian party was made.
DMK leaders K. A. Mathialagan, V.P. Raman, C.N. Annadurai, A.A. Arumugam and M. Karunanidhi with Swatantara Party founder C. Rajagopalachari (Rajaji) met together at a function and concluded on three major decisions which eventually changed the face of TamilNadu politics.
First decision: The politicians should always wear veshti for political events. Till date when ever there is a political party meeting, they always wear white veshti.
Second decision: The second decision was to field Mathialagan as a candidate in Thousand lights constituency. He went on to win three elections in the constituency and served as the Finance Minister, Minister of Food, Revenue and Commercial Taxes in the Tamil Nadu government and Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly.
Third decision: A.A. Arumugam was responsible for the third decision. He knew that bribery and fraudulence was at its peak in the party. He decided to curb it. While heated discussion was going on between Rajaji and Annadurai, A.A. Arumugam beckoned Karunanidhi and told the three important words " Alert Aayikodaa Arumugam". Later on he was fondly remembered as Alert Arumugam by his party cadres.
Spot Alert Arumugam in the above picture