Update at 12:30 PM: The backdrop on the stage of DMK's executive meeting drops a big hint about the identity of Karunanidhi's successor
Update at 12:30 PM: I request all the DMK members to work hard and carry forward the legacy of Kalaignar. Let's take an oath to take forward the legacy of Kalainyar. We will fulfill our duties towards Kalaignar: MK Stalin, DMK working President
Update at 12:30 PM: We filed the petition at10 pm and then waited for the verdict till 8 am. All cadres felt happy after the verdict amidst the sorrow. I shudder to think what would have happened if the verdict wouldn’t have come if in our favour, however, Kalaignar won the last battle too: MK Stalin, DMK working President
Update at 12:29 PM: Durai Murugan told us that the permission was not granted. We were so helpless: MK Stalin, DMK working President
Update at 12:27 PM: For me, my respect is not above my father so I caught the hands of CM and begged him to grant the permission for the burial at Anna Memorial: MK Stalin, DMK working President
Update at 12:27 PM: We all decided that he should be buried next to Anna and in fact,t it was his decision: MK Stalin, DMK working President
Update at 12:27 PM: When Kalaignar was alive and the responsibility to camp the election was given to me we couldn't give that victory to Kalaignar. I am regretting it even today: MK Stalin, DMK working President
Update at 12:27 PM: I am taking care of the party works for a few days and you all know about it well. We should all work hard and make sure DMK wins: MK Stalin
Update at 12:27 PM: This is a condolence meet for Kalaignar and nobody could have imagined an event without Thalaivar. You have lost a Thalaivar and I have lost my father also: MK Stalin, DMK working President
Update at 12:27 PM: DMK working President MK Stalin address the party's executive committee meeting
Update at 12:21 PM: The Central Government is trying to create a split in the party. We should not give space for them to create any rift and we should stay together strong: Subalakshmi Jagadeesan, DMK executive council member
Update at 10:31 AM: Reading of Condolence resolution for DMK chief Karunanidhi during the executive committee meeting
Update at 10:25 AM: Crucial DMK meeting begins
Update at 10:22 AM: DMK General Secretary K Anbalagan reaches DMK Headquarters
Update at 10:10 AM: MK Stalin arrives at DMK executive committee meeting
Update at 10:00 AM: Kanimozhi reaches DMK headquarters
A day ahead of a key executive committee meeting of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), MK Alagiri who was expelled from the party four years ago, was seen at his father's grave.
"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, Thalivars blessings and wishes are with me and also the blessings and support of the people are with me", he said while addressing the media.
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".
Earlier, a day before MK Stalin who is likely to be made DMK Chief following Karunanidhi's demise, MK Stalin's brother MK Alagiri had stake claim to Kalaignar's legacy. After he visited Karunanidhi's memorial on Monday, he also added that he has the support of his father's loyalists.
MK Alagiri supporters erect posters at his base in Madurai which says "Alagiri, General secretary of Kalaignar DMK party, Party & party flag ready! Let's meet in parliamentary elections"
In the same breath, sources have told Republic TV that MK Stalin has no plans to bring back MK Alagiri in the party again.
The Party has decided to elevate MK Stalin as President. The decision will be announced after the formal meeting. Meanwhile, MK Alagiri and MK Stalin are at Gopalapuram residence of Karunanidhi in Chennai.