DMK Executive Committee Meeting Convened To Formally Elect Stalin As Party President

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New Delhi: The wheels are being set in motion for his son MK Stalin’s elevation as party president three days after the death of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M Karunanidhi. An emergency executive committee meeting has been called on August 14 at the party headquarters in Chennai.

The official announcement of the emergency meeting was made soon after party general secretary K Anbazhagan on Friday met Stalin, who is currently the party’s treasurer and working president.

“Though the executive committee does not have the power to elect the party president, it can give the nod to making Stalin the president. After that, it will be endorsed in the general council meeting -- in which a formal announcement can be made,” said a senior DMK office-bearer on the condition of anonymity.

Apart from Stalin, Karunanidhi’s daughter and Rajya Sabha MP MK Kanimozhi may also be elevated -- as either the party’s deputy general secretary or treasurer, according to a second DMK leader familiar with the matter.

But no decision had been taken about the induction of Karunanidhi’s other son MK Azhagiri, who was expelled from the party in 2014 after a turf war between him and Stalin, the leader added.

Stalin’s elevation is not a big surprise since Karunanidhi had spoken about Stalin as his successor on a few occasions in the past -- including during Stalin’s birthday celebrations in 2015 and in an interview to Tamil weekly Ananda Vikatan in October 2016.

When contacted, TKS Elangovan, a party spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP, said the reason for the executive committee meeting was “only to pass condolence resolutions”. He said: “Until the general body election is convened, the president post will be kept vacant.”

This is the first time in five decades that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam the party president’s post has been vacant. Karunanidhi was the first and only president of the party since 1968. Even his mentor and former state chief minister CN Annadurai was designated as a founder of the party and not as its president.

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