DMK Working President M K Stalin was on Tuesday elected unopposed as Party President at the DMK's General Council. Along with Mr Stalin, another party senior Duraimurugan was elected unopposed as DMK Treasurer, a post held by the former till now.
Stalin,65, had formally filed his nomination on Sunday for the post which has fallen vacant following the death of his father and former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi earlier this month. Stalin’s nomination was proposed by 65 district secretaries.
Meanwhile, Stalin's older brother MK Azhagiri, who was expelled from the DMK by Karunanidhi, has said the party will face dire consequences if it fails to take him back to the party.
Along with Stalin, principal secretary Durai Murugan filed his papers for the post of treasurer. This post, currently held by Stalin, will fall vacant once he is made president.
Sunday was the last day for the filing of nominations and both remained unopposed. They are expected to be unanimously elected by the general council which is meeting on Sunday. Once Stalin is elected president, the present post of working president will stand abolished.
Stalin will be the second DMK president of DMK after Karunanidhi who got elected to that post when he became Chief Minister in July 1969 upon the death of party founder C N Annadurai. From then on, Karunanidhi continued as president till his death earlier this month, a record of 49 years.
Karunanidhi held on to the post even after he retired from public life after the DMK’s defeat in the 2016 Assembly elections and Stalin took over as working president to lessen his burden.
Though long considered heir apparent to Karunanidhi, the rise of 65-year-old Stalin in the party has been spread over a period of over four decades. He entered the Assembly for the first time in 1980 from Thousand Lights constituency in Chennai. He was MLA for nine terms, though not consecutively. He served as Local Administration Minister in the short-lived Karunanidhi Ministry from 1989 to 91. He served as Deputy Chief Minister from 2009 -11 in Karunanidhi’s last government..
Durai Murugan, 79, senior most member after Anbazhagan, entered Assembly from Ranipet and later represented Katpadi-Vellore for several terms.
His proposed election as treasurer has put an end to speculation that Stalin’s half-sister and DMK’s Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi will get this coveted post. Hitherto leader of the women’s wing, Kanimozhi may get some other weightier post in the party.