25 October, 2020

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Azhagiri semaphores his ‘CM’ intentions

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Is Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister M.K. Stalin the CM-in-waiting, or is it his brother, M.K. Azhagiri, the Union chemicals minister? That question is being debated furiously after Azhagiri declared at his recent 59th birthday extravaganza in Madurai that their father, M. Karunanidhi, would again become chief minister in 2011.

That statement contradicts what the Kalaignar said recently—that Stalin would finish his “unfinished tasks”. He has also reiterated, over a few months, that he’s ready to “set aside” his position after the World Classical Tamil Conference in June. Read together, the statements could be said to indicate that he wants to hand over the baton to Stalin.

Adding to the puzzle is Stalin’s own statement that he and his brother would function as a “double-barrelled gun to serve Tamil society and shoulder the responsibility of strengthening the DMK movement”. To this, Azhagiri responded that he and his brother would function as a “unified force”. But...



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