Chennai, Jan 7 (): After announcing his younger son, MK Stalin to be his successor, DMK chief M Karunanidhi has clarified that he would go forward with his proposal of naming his son Stalin as a successor to him only if it is possible and said that his remarks on Stalin were misquoted by the media.
While talking to reporters in Chennai after a meeting with the party’s district secretaries, Karunanidhi said that as DMK is a democratic party, anybody who prefers contesting for the party president or general secretary’s post should be proposed by a majority at the party’s general council while others have to accept it.
Karunanidhi’s clarification came after he picked Mr Stalin as his political successor at a public function on Thursday which was opposed by his elder son and Union Minister MK Alagiri.
Earlier on Thursday, Mr Karunanidhi said that he will be struggling for the development of the people of Tamil Nadu throughout his life and after him it is no one except Stalin who would lead the party towards progress and also told party workers not to forget that MK Stalin is the answer.
The DMK president expressed his grief on his statement on Stalin after the controversial row came to the forefront and said that he only suggested that Stalin will lead the party and continue the social work after him, but the media misunderstood and declared that Stalin has been named the party president, said Mr Karunanidhi.
Shielding Mr Alagiri’s ambition to lead the party, the DMK president said that DMK is a democratic party and any membercould contest against Stalin.
In a similar situation three years back when Mr Karunanidhi thought of retiring from active politics and suggested to hand over the party to his younger son, he was forced to reconsider his decision after Alagiri’s hard-hitting stand.