It’s son rise time in DMK, Stalin appointed DMK chief

After Stalin’s elevation, it is said that now Karunanidhi would intervene in the party affairs only under exceptional circumstances

shivani

Shivani Chaturvedi | January 4, 2017 | Chennai


#Alagiri   #Sasikala   #Jayalalithaa   #Karunanidhi   #MK Stalin   #DMK   #AIADMK  
MK Stalin, working president, DMK
MK Stalin, working president, DMK

After the ruling AIADMK party elected Sasikala Natarajan as its new chief, it’s time for the son rise in the opposition DMK. M Karunanidhi’s son, MK Stalin, has been elevated as the working president of the party. After Stalin’s elevation, it is believed that now Karunanidhi would intervene in the party affairs only under exceptional circumstances.    

 
Stalin, who had worked his way up in the party, first as a youth wing leader, and then as a senior functionary in the organisation, is now the de facto head of the DMK. His elevation, however, is not a surprise. “Stalin’s elevation was long overdue. It was just a matter of time,” says Chennai-based political commentator Sumanth Raman. For DMK it is a good thing that has happened, he adds.
 
Till now, the 93-year-old party patriarch Karunanidhi had not relinquished his powers completely.
 
But, everyone in the party was aware that it was Stalin who would succeed his father. Many also believe that the timing of Stalin’s elevation is right. Stalin’s elevation was expected within the party circles. Since Karunanidhi is not keeping well and is immobile, Stalin was an instant choice. Karunanidhi’s elder son MK Alagiri is in no position to challenge him. Kanimozhi cannot do much either, says political observer BR Haran. “However, his elevation will not have any impact on the state’s politics. A meager percentage of party cadres, who do not like him and who support Alagiri may switch over to other parties,” adds Haran.  
 
“We do see a change of era in politics. If BJP rises to the occasion to fill up the vacuum created by late chief minister Jayalalithaa’s death, we can see a new era of nationalistic politics.” 
 
Haran also believes that Stalin may face a tough fight with the BJP instead of AIADMK, as around 20-25 percent of MG Ramachandran’s hardcore supporters may not like Sasikala. They may also not join DMK, and might switch their loyalties to the BJP. So, in anticipation, the centre would thwart Sasikala’s attempt to become the chief minister and capture maximum AIADMK votes, he says.
 

Comments

 

Other News

On a personal note: DIVINE

An underground rapper who grew up on Mumbai streets, Divine spins his music around his environment and poverty. His breakout single, ‘Meri Gully Mein’, along with fellow rapper Naezy caught Bollywood’s attention. The Hindi film ‘Gully Boy’ is inspired by their lives and gr

The role model for an IAS officer

Anil Swarup, an IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre who retired in 2018, is a model bureaucrat who retained his optimism right till the end of service and exemplified dedication and commitment. His excitement at the opportunities that a job in the IAS provided is evident on every page of his new book publis

Reform of the civil services: At home and away

The question of reform of the civil services has been debated extensively at all levels at least over the last five to six decades after independence. Indeed, it was soon perceived that the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) may not be well equipped to deal with the problems of an emerging developing coun

The greatest challenge for any government

Shouting vengeance at all and sundry while wriggling out of holes of our own making seems to be our very special national characteristic. Some recent instances are illustrative of this attribute. A number of business tycoons with thousands of crores of unresolved debts have fled abroad with the government

The mysterious case of CBI’s legality

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) came into existence, based on a Resolution of the home ministry, dated April 1, 1963 – a sheer coincidence that it also happens to be April Fool’s day. Over the past few months, we have seen the CBI live up to its founding day with great zeal, being i

The Evolution of Modi

Gujarat was passing through a turbulent phase in the 1980s. The decade began middle class agitations against new reservation policies, and the caste friction turned communal under the watch of chief minister Madhavsinh Solanki, alienating majority of urban population on both counts. The ground was ripe for

Current Issue

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter