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Who After Me? The Answer Is Stalin: Karunanidhi
In the clearest-ever hint, DMK President M Karunanidhi today indicated that his younger son and Treasurer M K Stalin would be successor in the party after him.

"I will work for the cause of uplift of the society till death. So, for the question who after me, the answer is Stalin who is sitting amongst you and you should not forget it," he told his partymen.

The 88-year-old DMK patriarch was addressing party cadre at a function in which over 2000 PMK men joined the DMK. His remarks were welcomed with loud cheers.

Karunanidhi had more than once given enough hints that Stalin is his political heir-apparent, an issue that had led to sibling rivalry with M K Alagiri, the elder son and Union Minister.

But, this is the clearest hint ever, more so after the 2011 electoral debacle which saw a growing clamour for Stalin taking over the party.

Ever since 59-year old Stalin was given prominence in the party and elevated as Deputy Chief Minister in 2009, there have been indications that he will succeed Karunanidhi.

Alagiri had openly resented such hints saying he would not accept anyone else other than his father as leader.

The Madurai strong man, who is two years elder to Stalin, had a couple of months ago made no secret about his unhappiness over selection of party functionaries in his home turf, particularly in the youth wing headed by Stalin.

Alagiri had said his recommendations were neglected by the party leadership, an indirect attack on Stalin.

Noting that the PMK workers have joined the DMK because of shortcomings in that party, Karunanidhi hit out at PMK Chief S Ramadoss, for "unnecessarily" dragging him into controversies.

Ramadoss' recent attempt to bring together leaders of various castes on a common platform to campaign against inter-caste marriages involving Dalits drew sharp reaction from major political parties and Karunanidhi describing it as a "dangerous trend".
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3/D-19
Jan 04, 2013
11:58 AM

Good news that one does't have to suffer the ugly face and pronounciations of Karunanidhi if the change over takes place.Bad news,we will be the laughing stock in the world when Josef Stalin has been thrown into an unrespected grave in Russia,India has a political leader called Stalin.Karunanidhi,the very paragon of Dravidian movement,has kept a pure Sanskrit name for himself,while a non-Dravidian name like Stalin is given to his son.

S.S.Nagaraj, Bangalore
2/D-15
Jan 04, 2013
10:34 AM

  Stalin isn't seen at all, outside Tamil Nadu, even on T. V. I don't think his invisibility is not visible very perceptibly, to anyone, and I must humbly say, that I feel everyone thinks like me.

Aditya Mookerjee, Belgaum
1/D-12
Jan 04, 2013
10:08 AM

 The Proprietor  of the DMK has made it very clear that the DMK party is his personal family property and that no one other than his direct descendants can lay any claim on it. All the members of the party even if they are more fit than his own 'Nidhi' clan to lead the party  have to rmain as sheep.

Samirajan, Portland
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