Chennai , Aug 28 : While addressing DMK members at party headquarters after being elected as President of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, MK Stalin attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying current political situation has come as a grave challenge as Centre is trying to destabilise judiciary, selection of governors.
Stalin vowed to take forward his father and former party chief M Karunanidhi’s legacy in his address to party workers and said, “Today’s political situation has come as a grave challenge.Education, art, literature, religion are under attack by authoritative and communal forces. Union government is trying to destabilise judiciary, selection of governors. All this has dealt a blow to the secular principles.”
In an apparent dig at Alagiri, he said that he has a sister but, no brother. Alagiri was expelled from DMK in March 2014 by Karunanidhi for slanderous attacks on senior party members and carrying out anti-party activities.
Hitting out at AIADMK, Stalin said AIADMK is not working for the people and the welfare of the people is not the party’s priority. With regard to the BJP, he said that the party is polarising the country on religious lines and urged DMK workers to throw out the Narendra Modi government out of power in 2019.
MK Stalin, working president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and son of party patriarch M Karunanidhi, was elected as President of the party on Tuesday at the party’s General Council meeting amid threats by his elder brother Alagiri , who warned the party of “consequences” if he is not taken back as he considers himself to be the real claimant of the throne.
Stalin was elected unopposed as President of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and Durai Murugan elected as the treasurer of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) at party headquarters in Chennai.
The 65-year-old, who has been poised to take over the reins of the party from his father, the late M Karunanidhi, had filed his nomination papers on Sunday. He enjoys massive support within the party . Nearly 65 district secretaries of the party proposed his name for the post.
DMK also passed a resolution at party’s General Council meeting urging the Union government to confer Bharat Ratna to former Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi.
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The DMK held a general body meeting today at the party headquarters in Chennai.
Two-minute silence was observed at DMK General Council meeting at party headquarters in Chennai to pay tribute to former Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi, former PM Atal Bihar Vajpayee, former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee, former TN Guv Surjit Singh Barnala and former UN secy general Kofi Annan.
P Chidamabaram congratulates Stalin
Taking to Twitter on Monday, former Union Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram congratulated Stalin. “I am pleased to congratulate Mrs. Stalin, who will be nominated as DMK chief and selected tomorrow,” he tweeted.
On being asked ‘why there wasn’t any revolt earlier’,MK Alagiri said, “Earlier Kalaignar (M Karunanidhi) was there. Now we have to save the party (DMK) and we want to join it. If they don’t include us in the party, they will have to face the consequences.”