Ending all doubts among his party cadre about a possible succession conflict in future, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi on Sunday unequivocally said his younger son and party treasurer M.K. Stalin would be his clear choice for the leadership after him.
The octogenarian leader’s announcement stymies his older son, Union Minister M.K.Alagiri’s claim to the party leadership.
DMK MP Kanimozhi expressed her happiness over the announcement. “Recognition from the leader is a great reward. As a sister, I am happy for him,” she told The Hindu .
Broadening the import of his earlier remarks that Mr. Stalin would continue his work after him, Mr. Karunanidhi said: “If I get an opportunity — I reiterate it now — I will use it to propose only Mr Stalin’s name,” Mr. Karunanidhi said.
Asked whether he would stay away from contesting in the forthcoming organisational polls, he said: “I don’t know whether I will be around till then.”
Mr. Karunanidhi sought to clarify that his earlier remark that his younger son would carry forward his work pertained only to his party’s social programme, but later admitted that it held good too for the DMK’s political functions.
Talking to reporters after a meeting of DMK district secretaries, he said general secretary K. Anbazhagan had already proposed Mr. Stalin’s name and he was just seconding his proposal.
Mr. Anbazhagan, who was present at the media conference, said if he proposed Mr. Stalin’s name, others would also toe his line. “The party president cannot reject the proposal,” he said