DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi has named his younger son MK Stalin as his political heir in an interview to a Tamil magazine, potentially settling the long-standing succession battle in one of the most powerful political families in India.
Karunanidhi, in the same interview, also dismissed that he will retire anytime soon. Karunanidhi was quoted as saying, “Even when Stalin was very young, he formed the Youth Wing and worked tirelessly.
Then, from the time of MISA (when he was jailed under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act for protesting the emergency in 1975) when he went to prison, he has undergone torture, worked by himself and attained the position of the future leader of the DMK step by step. Given this, he is today my political successor.”
Karunanidhi said, “Stalin is my political heir and I am not missing Alagiri in anyway.”
According to reports, Alagiri and Stalin have been engaged in a long turf war over controlling the DMK. In the Tamil Nadu Assembly election earlier this year, he had decided not to campaign for the DMK after it was clear Karunanidhi would back Stalin.
In an interview in Ananda Vikatan, while answering a question on whether Stalin would be his political heir, he said that Stalin has come a long way from organising youth under the party in his younger days to moulding himself as a future leader of the DMK.