25 October, 2020

Bothersome Brothers

The DMK chief staves off an in-house war

PTI
Bothersome Brothers
outlookindia.com
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Reaching Upwards...

  • At the Coimbatore general council of the DMK, M.K. Stalin’s supporters pushed for him to be made working president, No. 2 to patriarch M. Karunanidhi
  • Brother Azhagiri was totally opposed to any such move
  • Karunanidhi himself stamped out Stalin’s moves to get bigger
  • He introduced a new name in the succession race: Kanimozhi

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The succession war in the DMK has been an elephant in the room since the Tirunelveli DMK youth conference in December 2007. Supporters of M.K. Stalin, former deputy chief minister and younger son of DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi, have been clamouring for their “thalapathi” to be made numero UNO in the party. It did not happen at the Tirunelveli meet, when the DMK was in power; it hasn’t happened now, when a battered and bruised DMK met in Coimbatore last weekend.

The difference between Tirunelveli and Coimbatore is that, at the latter...

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