DMK leader MK Stalin, son of party patriarch M Karunanidhi, was on Saturday officially recognised as Leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly by Speaker P Dhanapal.
“Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal has recognised M K Stalin, Leader of the DMK Legislature Party, as Leader of the Opposition,” Assembly Secretary A M P Jamaludeen said here today in an official release.
After being elected first as an MLA in 1989, 63-year old Stalin on Saturday was officially named Leader of the Opposition for the first time in his political career spanning over 40 years.
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He was the party’s floor leader in the previous Assembly.
Hailed as Karunanidhi’s political successor by his supporters, Stalin was Local Administration minister in the DMK regime (2006-09) and he was later promoted as Deputy Chief Minister (2009-11).
He was Mayor of Chennai between 1996-2001.
Stalin was re-elected rom Kolathur in the May 16 Assembly polls.