Chennai: The stage appears set for a big fight within the DMK after party supremo M Karunanidhi hinted that his younger son MK Stalin will take over the party affairs after him.
The subtle yet important hint by Karunanidhi has upset his elder son MK Alagiri, who considers himself as a strong contender for the top post.
On Friday, when quizzed by reporters about reports that Stalin has been chosen as successor, Alagiri retorted: “The DMK is not a mutt (religious sect) where it picks a successor”.
Yesterday, Karunanidhi, 88, had triggered a massive round of speculation after he said: "I will struggle to help the downtrodden as long as I live. For the question ‘‘who after that``, Stalin who is seated here is the answer, don`t forget."
The rivalry between Karunanidhi’s two sons is well-known.
Alagiri was deputed to the Centre as a minister, while Stalin is the third-most important officer in the party, and is meant to focus on strengthening the DMK in Tamil Nadu.
In 2010, Alagiri had said that if an election was held for the next president of the DMK, he would contest it.
With ANI inputs