M K Stalin was elected president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Tuesday at the party’s General Council meeting. The 65-year-old, has been poised to take over the reins of the party from his father, the late M Karunanidhi, had filed his nomination papers on Sunday. Stalin, who has been at the helm of DMK’s affairs since the run-up to the Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections in 2016, was appointed ‘working president’ of the party in 2017. He is the third leader of the party, after founder C N Annadurai and Karunanidhi.
Karunanidhi’s death on August 7 had led to a succession war within the party, with expelled party leader M K Alagiri — Karunanidhi’s son — claiming DMK’s “true loyalists” were on his side. Despite being expelled from the party in 2014 for ‘anti-party activities’, Alagiri has claimed he is heir to the party and has questioned Stalin’s leadership. On the eve of the General Council meet, Alagiri had warned of consequences if he was not readmitted to the party.
In pictures | Inside DMK’s General Council meet
BJP's Subramanian Swamy congratulates Stalin
My congrats to MK Stalin. I wish him the best future. I have nothing against him. Ideologically we are still far apart. But his father’s sins cannot visit on him.— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) August 28, 2018
Stalin visits Karunanidhi's memorial
M K Stalin visits Karunanidhi's memorial at Marina beach after the party's General Council meeting.
In pictures: DMK General Council meet
Stalin has addressed the General Council. In his first speech since being elected DMK president, Stalin says the political atmosphere in the country today is a "grave challenge" as education, art, literature and religion are under attack by communal forces, reports ANI. He adds that the Union government is trying to destabilise the judiciary and the process of selecting Governors. "All this has dealt a blow to the secular principles," Stalin is quoted as saying by ANI.
Puducherry CM congratulates Stalin
Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanswamy congratulates Stalin.
Hearty congratulations to Shri MK Stalin on his unanimous election as President DMK party Under his leadership DMK party will be strengthened and he will lead Tamil Nadu for development— V.Narayanasamy (@VNarayanasami) August 28, 2018
DMK workers distribute sweets after Stalin takes over as party chief
DMK workers in Coimbatore distribute sweets after MK Stalin was elected as the President of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).
Rahul Gandhi congratulates Stalin
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has congratulated Stalin on his election.
Stalin to visit Karunanidhi's memorial later today
Stalin is expected to visit his father's memorial after the General Council meeting ends, reports ANI.
Wishes pour in for Stalin
Here are some wishes from the Tamily film fraternity
Taking pride to wish Stalin Uncle, Thalapathy @mkstalin Sir, All the very best on being elected as President of DMK. Wishing the most deserving heir to the DMK legacy !!— Vishal (@VishalKOfficial) August 28, 2018
Thank q my brother @mkstalin for inviting me for the condolence meeting in Coimbatore for your great legendary father. I wish you all the best and hope to see you as the Chief Minister. pic.twitter.com/n0ZmSXdDih— Mohan Babu M (@themohanbabu) August 26, 2018
And the Prince becomes The King..my heartiest congratulations to @mkstalin on taking over the reins of DMK.. people of TN look upon you as their future. We trust you will be leading the State to the best of your abilities very soon..United we stood n united we stand. Vaazhthukkal— khushbusundar..and it's NAKHAT KHAN for the BJP.. (@khushsundar) August 28, 2018
DMK passes resolution urging Centre to confer Bharat Ratna to Karunanidhi
The DMK's General Council meeting is underway. Around 4,000 members are participating in the meeting which is being held at the party's headquarters in Chennai. The party has now passed a resolution urging the Centre to confer Bharat Ratna to M Karunanidhi. The party has also decided against creating a post of DMK chairperson. A resolution to this effect has been passed.
The road ahead for Stalin: New rivals, battlelines
M K Stalin is now chief of the DMK. After years of being second in command, the leader now holds reins of the party. Stalin's elevation comes at a time when Tamil Nadu is witnessing a political churn, following the death of J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi. With the 2019 Lok Sabha elections around the corner and two significant bypolls coming up, Stalin has hit work cut out. His brother M K Alagiri, who has warned of consequences if not readmitted in the party, also poses as a challenge for Stalin. Read more: New battlelines and ideologies are taking shape in Tamil Nadu.
M K Stalin comes out of Karunanidhi’s shadows
M K Stalin, who has been elected as the party president, will be well aware of the huge boots he has to fill. As he steps into his new role, Stalin will know comparisons with his father Karunanidhi, who passed away on August 7, are inevitable and will carry the burden of a legacy that comes from being the ‘leader’s son’. While Stalin’s rise in DMK’s ranks has not been meteoric in his five-decades-old political career, it was only after his brother Alagiri’s ouster from the party in 2014 that he got the much-needed elbow room, and only after Karunanidhi retired from active politics did he emerge as the working president. Read more here.
Stalin becomes chief of DMK
The DMK has elevated M K Stalin to president of the party while Duraimurugan has taken over the position of treasurer. Stalin is the third president of the party, after C N Annadurai and M Karunanidhi.
Stalin pays respect to party founder C N Annadurai and former chief M Karunanidhi (Source: ANI)
Editorial: Stalin will need more than his father’s legacy to firm up DMK's position in TN
The first test for Stalin’s leadership: He will need to maximise the returns for the party, when the general election is held next year. With 39 Lok Sabha seats in the state, the party that sweeps Tamil Nadu can, potentially, influence the affairs at the Centre. Under Karunanidhi, the DMK drew its energy from its Dravidian Movement legacy and the patriarch’s political intelligence in reading the situation. Stalin may need the legacy and more than that to firm up the party’s pole position in the state. Read the editorial, 'Stalin's challenge' here.
Stalin finally emerges as the undisputed chief of DMK
As the DMK elects Stalin as its president, here's a look at his long climb to the top. The Indian Express' Assistant Editor Arun Janardhanan writes: "From the image of 'a bratty VIP kid' in his early years to ‘Aravindan’ — the character of a journalist that Stalin played in Doordarshan TV serial Kurinji Malar in the mid-1990s — and now, ‘Thalapathi (General, as he has come to be known)’, Stalin has come a long way." Thalapathi’s time: MK Stalin finally emerges as the undisputed chief of DMK
P Chidamabaram congratulates Stalin
Taking to Twitter on Monday, former Union Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram congratulated Stalin. "I am pleased to congratulate Mrs. Stalin, who will be nominated as DMK chief and selected tomorrow," he tweeted.
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In pictures: Stalin, Duraimurugan file nomination papers
Nominations for the posts of president and treasurer were held on Sunday, August 26. While Stalin filed his papers for the post of president, Duraimurugan filed papers for the post of treasurers, which was held by Stalin. Here are some pictures from Sunday. You can follow LIVE UPDATES on the DMK General Council Meeting in Tamil here.
On eve of DMK General Council meet, M K Alagiri warns party of 'consequences' if not readmitted
On the eve of the General Council meeting, M K Alagiri warned of consequences if he was not readmitted to the party. Alagiri, the elder son of Karunanidhi, was expelled from the DMK in 2014 for 'anti-party activities'. He was quoted by PTI saying, "Kalaingar (Karunanidhi) is not there now. The party has to be saved and protected. If they don’t readmit me, they will have to face consequences."
Duraimurugan to fill post of treasurer
The decision to elevate Stalin is likely to be unanimously today. Senior leader and party principal secretary Duraimurugan, meanwhile, is likely to fill the position of treasurer, which was held by Stalin.
Stalin likely to be elected DMK chief today
M K Stalin is set to take over as president of the DMK today, at the party's general council meeting in Chennai. If election, Stalin will be the party's third president, after C N Annadurai and M Karunanidhi. Stalin was appointed working president of the party in January 2017, after leading the party's campaign for the 2016 Assembly Elections. He's been heading DMK's affairs since 2016, when Karunanidhi fell ill. Follow our blog for the latest news and updates.
Visuals from the DMK headquraters in Chennai (ANI Photo)