MK Stalin was elected unopposed as the president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) after a voice vote was taken at the party’s General Council meeting on Tuesday. In his first address as the DMK Chief, MK Stalin praised the efforts and support of his party members and also gave out a strong message to his opposition. Recalling the memories of Karunanidhi, MK Stalin said:
"I don't know how to speak like Kalaignar. No one can talk like Kalaignar, no one can have command over the Tamil language like Kalaignar. With your support and trust in the DMK Army, I have accepted this leadership. Karunanidhi always used to say I am a hard worker, I will continue this till my last breath. Seeing this crowd, I have only regret, Kalainyar is not here. Kalainyar is not with us today to witness this day but we have General Secretary K Anbalagan who is our father figure. He is like an elder brother to my father Karunanidhi".
"People who are here have seen my growth from the scratch. I was just a ground level worker and now I have become the leader of this party. People have seen me and they have encouraged me. The Stalin you see now is born today. I am a different Stalin who is reborn infront of you. I would also take this opportunity to congratulate the DMK cadres and all the supporters at this time! I have my brothers and sisters but you are my family", he said while extending his gratitude towards the party workers.
Giving out a clear message to the opposition, MK Stalin said:
"Let's work for the downtrodden. Let's hold high our ethos and Ideology. There is no differences between men and women. Let us protect the freedom of speech. Let's teach a lesson to this Modi government and throw away the corrupt government in Tamil Nadu. Let's work together to achieve this. We are all same, everyone is a common party cadre".
Meanwhile, MK Stalin's elevation came amid threats by his elder brother. "If they don't take me back, then they have to face consequences," Alagiri, who was ejected from the party in 2014, had said. 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.