Stalin set to take over as DMK president, Alagiri warns party of ‘consequences’

Chennai, August 28 : As DMK Working President M.K. Stalin is set to become the party President at the General Council meeting to be held in Chennai on August 28, expelled DMK leader MK Alagiri  has threatened that if he is not allowed to join the party, the party will have to face the consequences.

His comment comes a day ahead of DMK presidential polls. The election will be held on Tuesday, August 28. Former union minister MK Alagiri on Monday issued a stern warning to DMK saying that the party will face consequences if they don’t reinstate him.

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.”

Stalin and Duraimurugan will be formally elected at the General Council meeting to be held in Chennai on August 28. MK Alagiri is not willing to let his younger brother  (Stalin) be the rising `son’ of the DMK.

Stalin filed the nomination for that post on Sunday, the last day for filing of nominations while senior leader and the Principle Secretary of the DMK Duraimurugan is also set to become the Treasurer of the party unopposed.

Now,both the titans of Tamil Nadu politics are gone, their successors may adopt a different style of politics as DMK has strong frontline leaders and Stalin has been groomed under Karunanidhi brand of politics.

On August 20, DMK General Secretary K. Anbazhagan said in a statement that the General Council would meet at the party headquarters to elect a new President and the Treasurer.

Presently, the Leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu assembly, M.K. Stalin, holds the post of Working President after he was elevated at the General body meeting held in January 2017. He is also the Treasurer of the party.

The party’s Executive Committee has already urged Stalin to take over as the party President.

The post of the President fell vacant after M Karunanidhi passed away on August 7. Karunanidhi’s elder son, MK Alagiri, who was expelled from the DMK for anti-party activities in 2014, had on Saturday said that there was nothing wrong in returning to the party.

Two weeks ago, Alagiri met the reporters at the memorial of Karunanidhi and said that all the true followers of Karunanidhi are on his side. He has also announced a rally in Chennai on September 5 as a show of strength.

It is to be seen whether Stalin will move ahead in politics by keeping intact  aggressive ideals represented by  Karunanidhi and the aspirations of the new generation voters’.

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