Personally, I endorse Stalin as next DMK chief, but party's decision will be final: Karunanidhi
Two days after Union Minister M.K. Alagiri publicly objected to his father, M.Karunanidhi's naming of his younger son M.K. Stalin as the next chief of the DMK, the party chief issued a clarification on Sunday, saying that while personally he would endorse Stalin as the next party president, it was the party which will take the final decision.
The DMK chief explained that when he named Stalin as his successor, he meant that all the social work he had been doing over the years would be taken over by him in the event of his demise.
Objecting to Karunanidhi naming Stalin as the next DMK president, Alagiri on Friday had said that the DMK was not a religious mutt, meaning that it's not up to the chief to name a successor. He was reacting to Karunanidhi's statement where he hinted that Stalin will be his heir, laying to rest speculation on who will win the battle between the two brothers to lead the party after him.
Speaking at a public function in Chennai last week, Karunanidhi, 88, said: "Till my last breath, I will take care of the party work. For the question of who after me, Stalin is sitting here as an answer."
Alagiri and Stalin have been engaged in a battle over succession for some time now. Stalin has been looking at the party's affairs in Tamil Nadu while older brother Alagiri has been a central minister and came into politics much later than Stalin.