Chennai: DMK leader M. Karunanidhi has announced today that he will be the CM candidate of his party during the 2021 assembly polls. He also announced that his son and designated successor, MK Stalin, will continue as the leader of DMK youth wing will continue to be a youth leader till then.
This was widely expected to be the last election of Mr. Karunanidhi who turns 92 on 3rd of June. His designated successor and DMK youth leader Stalin is only 63.
These announcements were made by Mr. Karunanidhi after losing the 2016 assembly elections to Jayalaitha led AIADMK in a keenly contest battle. Kalaignar, as he is affectionately called, has served as Tamil Nadu CM on 5 precious occasions and he dearly wants to become CM one more time.
“I was hoping to become the Chief Minister this time as it was my turn. Tamil Nadu voters always elect AIADMK and DMK alternatively but it seems some of them got confused this time and ended up voting for AIADMK once again. However, I am sure that next time they will return to their regular voting pattern and DMK will come to power with a thumping majority”, Mr. Karunanidhi said.
“I was hoping to let Stalin become the CM contender in 2021 after winning this year but we will have to delay his elevation. He has got time on his side; he is only 63 so he can continue to be the youth leader of DMK. After I leave the CM chair in 2026, he can start thinking about the CM post”, Mr. Karunanidhi added detailing his succession plan.
When we contacted AIADMK supremo Jayalitha for her comments on this development, she said, “I think we should celebrate 2021 victory today as well. Thank him on my behalf.”
Meanwhile, LK Advani was seen checking with Amit Shah whether PM candidate for 2019 has been finalized.