It would be apt that Stalin is my successor: DMK patriarch Karunanidhi

A sixth time MLA, Stalin made his Assembly debut in 1989.  

Chennai: DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi has named his younger son MK Stalin as his political heir, as per a media report.

Hindustan Times reported that he did so in an interview to a Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan.

…It would be apt that Stalin is my successor because of his hard work, dedication and sense of purpose. Stalin has proved himself that he is the future of the DMK,” Karunanidhi, former CM of Tamil Nadu, was quoted as saying.

On how he viewed Stalin’s performance as a political leader, Karunanidhi said he was extremely happy and said that he was carrying on the task well.

On May 24 this year, 63-year-old Stalin was unanimously elected as party's Legislature Party leader by the DMK MLAs.

Stalin's election as party's floor leader came at a meeting attended by all 89 DMK MLAs, including Karunanidhi, who won from his native Thiruvarur constituency for a second term by a record margin of over 68,000 votes.

DMK is the single largest Opposition party with 89 MLAs.

A sixth time MLA, Stalin made his Assembly debut in 1989 and rose in the party ranks to lead the youth wing besides later being elevated as Treasurer.  

(With Agency inputs)

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