MK Stalin, working president of the DMK, is expected to be unanimously elected president, a post held by his late father and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidi for 49 years. Stalin is expected to be unanimously elected president at an emergency executive meeting here on Aug 14 called by general secretary K Anbazhatgan.
Anbazhagan announced on Friday that the emergency executive meeting would be held at DMK headquarters Arivalayam. As this will be the first meeting of the executive, the highest policy-making body, after the passing of Karunanidhi, the executive will pass a condolence resolution and fix the date for the general council.
Stalin is expected to be unanimously elected president at the executive meeting. It will be formally endorsed by the general council later. Anbazhagan and Durai Murugan are expected to continue as general secretary and deputy secretary respectively.
Stalin is expected to pick other office-bearers in a revamp. His step-sister Kanimozhi , who is now leader of the women wing, is likely to be made treasurer, a post earlier held by Arco Veerasamy who has since gone into retirement following age related ailments.
Stalin is also expected revoke the suspension of his estranged Madurai-based brother MK Azhagiri from the party and makes him organizing secretary for the southern zone, a post he held before he revolted against Stalin’s elevation, leading to his expulsion.
The death of Karunanidhi has brought Stalin and together Azhagiri though they are yet to fully warm up to each other. The decisions taken by the executive are expected to be formally endorsed by general council later.
The general council meeting was originally scheduled for Aug 19, but it was put off following Karunanidhi’s illness and his eventual death.
Party spokesman T K S Elangovan said that after Karunanidhi took ill in November 2016, the party’s by-laws were amended and Stalin was made working president, a post created to meet an extraordinary situation, on Jan 4, 2017.
“For the first time in the past five decades, the party president position has become vacant. In the absence of the president or if the president is indisposed, or could not perform his duties, there shall be a working president who will assume all powers of the president", explained Elangovan
Now that the president's post had fallen vacant, a new president had to be elected. Once the new president assumed charge, the post of working president would stand abolished, he said.
The president’s post is important as he has to endorse the routine of affairs of three trusts run by the DMK--Arivalayam Trust, Murasoli Trust and the DMK trust.
As the party was in one-week mourning, the general council will be called after that, Elangovan said.