Chennai: Ageing DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi has made it clear to his party cadres that his son and heir apparent MK Stalin can become the chief minister of Tamil Nadu if "anything happens'' to him.
Though Karunanidhi is DMK's official chief ministerial candidate in Tamil Nadu, still a large section of the party is in favour of nominating MK Stalin for the top post.
There has been a silent campaign in Tamil Nadu that the 93-year-old Karunanidhi would pass on the baton to his son if DMK is voted to power.
The five-time Tamil Nadu CM attempted to clear the air on Stalin's speculated projection as chief ministerial candidate, saying, "He can only become the chief minister if something happens to me."
The veteran DMK founder is contesting the state elections for a record 13th time, and a second consecutive time from his home constituency of Tiruvarur.
When quizzed about the demand that he should make way for a younger person, Karunanidhi said, that Stalin did not want to become CM.
He further added that Stalin is the first among those who want me to become CM for the sixth time