Unlike his opponent Jayalalithaa, M Karunanidhi has not left his party aimless

However, unlike his arch-rival in life and in death Jayalalithaa who have never declared an heir for her respective party. Karunanidhi, on the other hand, has not left his party lagging.

Jayalalithaa,M Karunanidhi Unlike his opponent Jayalalithaa, M Karunanidhi has not left his party aimless Source : Press

After completing half a century as the chief of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Muthuvel Karunanidhi died on Tuesday. M Karunanidhi was out of the ordinary by every means. Or let's say not so ordinary for the person who was five times chief minister, an MLA for over 60 years. He was the most major and consequential face of the "Dravidian movement" since Annadurai's death in 1969.

He was an excellent writer a great thinker, theatre lover, he was a genius. It may sound clichéd but his exit from the nation has created a huge political void that cannot be filled.

However, unlike his arch-rival in life and in death Jayalalithaa who have never declared an heir for her respective party. Karunanidhi, on the other hand, has not left his party lagging. He has announced that his son M.K Stalin will be the next party president.

Senior DMK Leader K.S. Radhakrishnan says, "If AIADMK could survive after M.G. Ramachandran died, without naming a successor, I don't see why DMK will continue to survive and thrive after Kalaignar. Stalin has been trained by Kalaignar himself, and among the current crop of second-generation leaders across India that includes Akhilesh Yadav, H.D. Kumaraswamy and Naveen Patnaik, he is easily the best."

With over four decades of experience in public limelight MK Stalin proved his prowess as he was Chennai's elected mayor in 1996. The stepping stone of his transition took place long back in 2008 when he was given the position of party treasurer. Karunanidhi time and again has made it evident that MK Stalin will be his next heir but only after his death.

In 2014, Karunanidhi went a mile further and expelled his elder son MK Alagiri from the party for passing derogatory comments about Stalin. Since then, Stalin was very careful about his moves in the party his primary motive was to keep the loyalists in the party. The supporters of his elder brother Alagiri were in fact removed from the party for voicing against Stalin.

However, Karunanidhi's inactivity and Jayalalithaa's demise cause the stir in Tamil Nadu politics hence, MK Stalin was made the working president of the party. The same year saw new entrants like Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan entering into Tamil politics and even a threat.

R. Kannan, biographer of M.G. Ramachandran says, "In many ways, Stalin has risen to the position of a nearly undisputed leader of the DMK. He has himself said that he should not be compared to his dad who belongs to a different leadership genre. Stalin is impressively energetic and has grown seasoned over the years. Under his leadership, the party is most likely to return to power".

The next elections in Tamil Nadu promise to be very interesting, with the demise of both Jayalalitha and Karunanidhi. A huge political vacuum in Tamil Nadu now might change the state's course big time.


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