Udhayanidhi Stalin, the new youth wing head of DMK

Udhayanidhi Stalin, actor and son of DMK president MK Stalin, is reportedly set to be declared State secretary of the DMK’s youth wing on Thursday. The news will be disclosed through a party release without any function or meeting, said reports.

Less than a month ago it was revealed based on sources from the party that close to 40 District Secretaries from the state have written to Arivalayam, expressing their support for Stalin’s son. If appointed, Udhayanidhi would become the third youth wing secretary of the party.

In the past too, the party has hinted that Udhayanidhi will be rising to take up the  youth wing state secretary post.

DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan, a close confidante of Karunanidhi, had confidently said, “The reins of the Dravidian movement has always been in safe hands – from Periyar to Anna to Kalaignar and now to Stalin and in the future to his son.”

It may be recalled, most of the district units had adopted a resolution that the party leadership should appoint Udhayanidhi as state secretary of the youth wing, to woo the youth and new voters.

Even until three years ago, Stalin was opposed to the idea of Udhayanidhi joining politics. In 2016, MK Stalin was quoted by Vikatan as saying, “Neither will my son, nor will my son-in-law join politics. For that matter, I can assure that no one from my family will be joining politics.”