Chennai: MK Stalin has been crowned the DMK president on Tuesday amid a heated battle for power between two sons of late former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi. At the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) General Council meeting Stalin was declared as the party chief and this has opened an interesting chapter in the history of the Dravidian party as the high-voltage political drama awaits in Chennai.
On Monday, MK Alagiri, who was expelled from the party by Kalaignar, has warned the party of consequences if he was taken back into the party.
His moves have been under the radar in the political spectrum in Tamil Nadu after the death of the former DMK president. Early this month, he said that he will organise a rally in Chennai. He said he wants to lead the party as he wants to “save and protect” it.
“They (cadres) only wanted me to take the lead in organising the march to pay homage (to Karunanidhi),” he told reporters here, as reported by news agency PTI. “Kalaingar (Karunanidhi) is not there now. The party has to be saved and protected,” Alagiri said.
“If they don’t readmit me, they will have to face consequences,” Alagiri had warned. In 2014, over the same power tussle between the two sons, Karunanidhi expelled Alagiri from the DMK. Now a new war has erupted as Alagiri claimed trust of Karunanidhi “loyalists” and accused his younger brother of stopping his comeback in the party.
The DMK has, on the other hand, backed Stalin and pushed him aside as far as the leadership of the party is concerned. Stalin will take after the party command after his father today after being elected unopposed, as reported by PTI.