4th January, 2013, Chennai: Who will succeed M Karunanidhi as the DMK chief? On Tuesday, current DMK chief Karunanidhi hinted that his younger son Stalin would the reigns of the party. Yesterday in Chennai, while addressing a DMK meeting, Karunanidhi told that he would work for the development of the society till his last breath and after him, it is Stalin who would carry on this work. His statement got a huge applause from the party members who were present there. His younger son Stalin was also present at the party gathering.
In the past, the DMK chief had hinted that Stalin would be his successor, but this is the very first time when Karunanidhi has said Stalin’s name as the next party chief. Some party members also think that though he has mentioned Stalin’s name, but he has also made it clear that he would stay at the helm of the party during his lifetime.
This statement came at a time when there is a tension between Karunanidhi’s elder son M K Alagiri and Stalin regarding the succession issue. Some party members stated that Stalin strengthened his position in the party in the past two years, while Alagiri has remained silent.