Stalin has worked his way up in DMK: Karunanidhi

Asked if he viewed the "absence" of Alagiri, dismissed from DMK, as a "loss", Karunanidhi indicated there was no point talking about those who were not in the party.

By: PTI | Chennai | Published:October 21, 2016 3:06 pm
stalin, dmk, stalin dmk, Karunanidhi, dmk Karunanidhi, dmk Karunanidhi, stalin dmk, indian express news, india news Asked if he viewed the “absence” of Alagiri, dismissed from DMK, as a “loss”, Karunanidhi indicated there was no point talking about those who were not in the party. (Source: File Photo)

DMK supremo M Karunanidhi has said his son Stalin has arduously worked his way up to be the second-in command in the party, virtually ruling out any possibility of his estranged Madurai-based son Alagiri becoming the dravidian party’s head in the future. In an interview to a Tamil weekly, the 92 year-old patriach said Stalin has made sacrifices like going to jail during the Emergency. To a question seeking his response to the “widespread talk and expectations that Stalin is the next DMK President”, Karunanidhi recalled his son had started off at a young age by running the Gopalapuram Youth Club. Later, Stalin was even jailed under the stringent MISA (Maintenance of Internal Security Act) during the Emergency, Karunanidhi pointed out.

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“From his prison days where he faced a lot of hardships, he has himself worked very hard and elevated himself systematically to the position of future president (of DMK). In that aspect, he remains my political heir apparent today,” Karunanidhi told the Ananda Vikatan magazine.

Asked if he viewed the “absence” of Alagiri, dismissed from DMK, as a “loss”, Karunanidhi indicated there was no point talking about those who were not in the party. “One has to be happy with what is there and keep progressing, and feeling about those who are not in the party now will impede the journey,” he said.

Succession issue had been a major bone of contention in the DMK’s first family, involving Chennai-based Stalin and his elder brother Alagiri. Alagiri, said to have fancied his chances of leading DMK, had once famously asked if the party was a “mutt” where the senior pontiff could anoint his successor.

The firebrand leader, who once held the powerful post of Organisation Secretary (South) in DMK and was even a cabinet Minister in UPA II, however later fell out of favour with his father and was subsequently expelled from the party in March 2014 for alleged anti-party activities. Meanwhile, Stalin today refrained from making any comments on his father’s statement. “I have nothing to say,” he told reporters when asked for his reaction to the interview.

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    Sankaran Krishnan
    Oct 22, 2016 at 10:28 am
    It is slap on the face of Mr. Alagiri and now he can't raise any issue even after his Father's time and thus ending the speculation which is being in the round for so many years who will succeed Kalaigner and now they got it from the horse mouth of Kalaigner and now Mr.Stalin will gather all round support to take the reins of the party from his Father and Leader !!!
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      Rajesh
      Oct 21, 2016 at 10:32 am
      DMK is not even a good party. Its like a sewer. Stalin is in the sewer
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        subraman
        Oct 21, 2016 at 2:54 pm
        Fools keep voting in DMK. There are millions of poor Tamils while karuna and family are billionaire. They are now part of the elite, a new caste. Some his billionaire family members are not even Tamils. Do you think he will allow any of his gchildren to marry a low caste Tamil. He uses them. Think. Don't be a thuku-thuki.
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          subraman
          Oct 21, 2016 at 2:50 pm
          Stalin worked his way up a golden elevator while others had to scale up a oiled pole. What is his education? Daughter, son-in-law, nephews all also used the golden elevator to become billionaires.
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