MK Stalin, DMK treasurer and son of M Karunanidhi, was elected the party’s ‘working president’, a post that was created for him in view of his father’s failing health. Stalin’s nomination to the post came at the general council meeting of the party earlier Wednesday and makes it clear that he is the successor to his father. The Hindu reported that party bylaws have been amended to make Stalin the ‘working president’.
Stalin, who served as deputy chief minister in the earlier 2006-2011 DMK regime, was also the mayor of Chennai city. His ascension to the top party post has come after several years of wait amid fears of a rebellion by his brother MK Alagiri. But now, those fears have been laid to rest as Stalin is expected to lead the party especially after its successive defeats in Assembly elections to the AIADMK.