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Stalin to take over from as DMK prez today

August 28, 2018 10:47

MK Stalin, DMK acting president, files his nomination for the post of party president. The position of DMK president has been lying vacant after the demise of former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi on August 7. 

Stalin's brother, MK Alagiri was expelled from the political outfit in March 2014 by Karunanidhi for slanderous attacks on senior party members and carrying out anti-party activities.

Stalin filed his nomination for the post of president on Sunday. Hours after that, Alagiri said he will decide the future course of action after the by-elections are announced.

"What do I do? You want me to go and propose his name? We will see what to do when bypolls are announced," Alagiri said.

The political battle between the brothers got yet more intense after Alagiri on August 13 claimed, "All the supporters in Tamil Nadu are on my side and are encouraging me only. Only time will give the answers; that is all I am willing to say now."

Founded by CN Annadurai in 1949, DMK was a breakaway faction from the Dravida Kazhagam that was popularly known as Justice Party until 1944. This political outfit had been headed by Karunanidhi from 1969 until his death in August.

Image: MK Stalin with Alagiri and their sister Kanimozhi during their father M Karunanidhi's funeral ceremony at Anna Memorial, in Chennai. Alagiri presented a united front at the funeral only to reveal political aspirations a few days later. 

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