DMK Chief, M Karunanidhi on Sunday said that his younger son M K Stalin will be his political successor. He also said that DMK is a democratic party and the president or general secretary of the party will be chosen during the party elections and the final decision will be taken by the party general council.
THE CONTROVERSIAL statement by the DMK chief has given birth to a rivalry among the siblings. M K Alagiri, older son of Karunanindi who is also a Union Minister is disappointed with his father's decision. While Alagiri was deputed to the Centre as a minister, Stalin has been playing a star role as the third most senior officer of the DMK, reported NDTV.
Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin better known as M K Stalin was born on 1 March 1953 to M Karunanidhi and Dayalu Ammal (second wife). He was the second son of the couple and third son of Karunanidhi. He completed his graduation in political science from Nandanam College, Chennai. He started his political career at the age of fourteen. He became a member of General Committee of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in 1973. M K Stalin has also acted in few Tamil films and television serials during ’80s.
M K Stalin served as Minister for Rural Development and Local Administration in Tamil Nadu after the 2006 election. He was nominated for the post of Deputy Chief Minister for Tamil Nadu by Governor Surjit Singh Barnala in 2009. M K Stalin has been elected four times to the Tamil Nadu Assembly since 1989 from the Thousand Lights constituency in Chennai.
M K Stalin came into limelight when he was jailed for protesting the emergency. He has been arrested several times under various public issues. In the flyover scam, Stalin was also arrested along with Karunanidhi. He played a crucial role in the campaign and the victory of UPA government in 2009.
A survey conducted by a popular Tamil magazine states that M K Stalin leads DMK succession contest. This makes his position strong as successor for the post of DMK Chief, reported Veethi.com.