Update at 10:55 AM: DMK general council demands Bharat Ratna for Kalaignar Karunanidhi
Update at 10:39 AM: Cadre celebrates outside DMK headquarters as MK Stalin take up the post of DMK President
Update at 10:39 AM: MK Stalin elected as President of the DMK
Update at 10:39 AM: MK Stalin pays tribute to Karunanidhi
Update at 10:39 AM: J Anbalagan announces Mk Stalin as the President of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)
Update at 10:14 AM: DMK grants Rs 2 lakh to the kin of 248 people who died in shock hearing the news of Karunanidhi's demise
Update at 10:14 AM: DDMK RS MP TKS Elangovan reading out the obituary note condoling death of Karunanidhi, Vajpayee, Surjith Singh Barnala, Koffi Anan and Somanth Chatterjee
The working President of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), MK Stalin, is all set to take charge as the new party President. A voice vote will be taken to elect the next President at the DMK's General Council meeting on Tuesday at the end of which MK Stalin is likely to be elevated. He will then appoint other top-level leaders in accordance with the rules of the party.
Ahead of M.K. Stalin's election as the DMK President his brother M.K. Alagiri has warned the party of 'consequences'.
"If they don't take me back, then they have to face consequences," Alagiri, who was ejected from the party in 2014, had said.
He also stated that he will file nominations for upcoming by-elections. However, MK Alagiri, did not specify whether he will do the same as an independent candidate or as part of a political organisation.
When asked about Stalin's nomination for party leadership, MK Alagiri said," What can I do if Stalin files nomination? Do you expect me to second it? Go ask Stalin about filing nomination, not me. We are not filing any nomination. If there is a by-election we will file nomination".
Earlier, shortly after the demise of DMK patriarch Karunanidhi, MK Stalin's brother MK Alagiri staked a claim to the Kalaignar's legacy. After Alagiri visited Karunanidhi's memorial on Monday, he claimed that the cadre's support was with him.
"I have put forward my request to my father and he also is aware of my decision, you will not find out the same now, only time will tell. Thalaivar's blessings and wishes are with me and also the blessings and support of the people are with me", he had said.
When asked whether it is his final decision, he said,"Yes it is. I told you that I have expressed my sentiments relating to the party with my Father".
However, MK Stalin appears to have no plans to bring back MK Alagiri in the party again.
The matter of succession at the DMK came up following Karunanidhi's death on August 7. At the party's first general council meeting following that, it was MK Stalin who took centerstage. The events surrounding his elevation come at a time when there is a continued flux in Tamil Nadu politics, which began, in effect, with the death of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in December 2016. Since then, there has been a split in her party, the AIADMK, with many claimants to her legacy, including her former aide Sasikala (now in jail in a disproportionate assets case) and Sasikala's nephew TTV Dhinakaran on one side, and the ruling dispensation, led by CM EPS and former CM OPS on the other. Meanwhile, actors-turned-politicians Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth have also entered the fray.