Rise of Stalin marks new era in TN politics

M K Stalin addresses press after taking charge as DMK president. Pic: Getty images

Omjasvin M D

Chennai, Aug 28: M K Stalin on Tuesday was elected unopposed as the new president of the DMK, assuming the leadership of the party which his father M. Karunanidhi held for half a decade. Party’s Principal Secretary Duraimurugan was elected its treasurer.
Despite Stalin’s elder brother, Alagiri raising a banner of protest, after the death of Karunanidhi two weeks ago, the mood at the Anna Arivalayam, DMK headquarters, did not do any justice to Alagiri’s contention that ‘’true loyalists of Karunanidhi’’ were behind him.

Addressing the DMK cadre present at the ceremony, Stalin said the Narendra Modi Government is trying to paint the nation in Saffron and he would teach Modi Government a lesson.
He also urged the DMK cadre to come forward to defeat the ‘’Spineless’’ AIADMK Government at the State and BJP at the Centre.
Party general secretary K Anbazhagan declared Stalin the president.

A total of 1907 people proposed Stalin’s name and 252 proposed Duraimurugan’s name, said Anbazhagan. Stalin is the second person to ever hold the President post in the party’s 69-year-old  history.

Stalin joined DMK at the age of 14, campaigning for the anti-Hindi agitations. Climbing the party’s ladder slowly, Stalin came to political limelight during the Emergency period when he was arrested under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act, 1976 and tortured in jail.
Since then, Stalin has acquired many trust-worthy comrades in the party like Durai Murugan, TKS Elangovan, J Anbazhagan, including Karunanidhi’s close friend K Anbazhagan.

M K Stalin joins DMK at the age of 14.

However, all was not good in the party in the course of time. Stalin and his elder brother, Alagiri were always in a constant tussle. Karunanidhi expelled Alagiri from the DMK ahead of 2014 General Elections for ‘Violating Party Principles’.

M K Alagiri expelled from the party in 2014 ahead of general elections.

In 2016, Jayalalithaa’s death opened chances for Stalin to emerge as a powerful opposition leader. He conducted mega state rallies against the Cauvery Issue and also showed diplomatic skills by sending his sister and Rajya Sabha MP M. Kanimozhi to attend a dinner party hosted by the Indian National Congress.
Currently, sensing Tamil Nadu people’s anger on Narendra Modi and the BJP led Government, Stalin has set the ball rolling for the 2019 General Elections challenging BJP.

BJP replies to Stalin

BJP’s National Secretary H Raja, on Tuesday congratulated Stalin on assuming the president post. However, in reply to Stalin’s comment, Raja said, Narendra’s Modi’s saffron army will take up the challenge and meet DMK in the ‘’battle field.’’