Even while M.K. Stalin is emerging as future leader of the DMK, his elder brother M.K. Alagiri said he would not accept anyone except his father and party chief M. Karunanidhi as his leader.

“Even if Kalaignar asks me to do so, I will not accept anyone as my leader. My father himself has said in the past that I am very adamant and firm on my stand,” he said in an interview to Puthia Thalaimurai, a Tamil TV channel.

Asked about Mr. Karunanidhi’s remarks that given an opportunity he would propose Mr. Stalin’s name for the leadership of the party, he said that it could be his opinion. Mr. Alagiri, also the DMK’s south zone organising secretary, said he was sidelined by those in the party who could not digest his growth. He said even after he made representation to the party high command, the situation did not improve.

“I never wanted any post. I was made the south zone organising secretary after I won three by-elections for the party. Now I am sidelined and decisions are taken without my knowledge,” he said.