Tiruchirappalli:The 10th state-levelconference of DMK here clearly endorsed the emergence of MKarunanidhi's younger son M K Stalin as heir apparent, with the party chief joining top rung party leaders and those ofits alliance in eulogising him for his 'hard work'. The DMK patriarch was all praise for his son and partytreasurer for staging an event of this scale. Party cadresconcurred with him, pledging their undying loyalty to Stalin. <span style=line-height: 1.5em;>Karunanidhi heaped encomiums on Stalin for saving Rs 1.01</span>crore for the meet and recalled he had struggled to mobilisejust Rs 11 lakh and get a pat from his mentor and former ChiefMinister C N Annadurai when he was holding the post. Party leaders vied with each other to describe Stalin asa man who worked hard to transform himself into a natural leader to improve skills in organisational matters and hisoratory. The venue in and around the conference also gave ampleevidence of the growing clout of Karunanidhi's younger son,with all banners and arches at vantage points singing paeansabout the DMK leader. During the two-day conference which concluded on Sunday,the party stated it was willing to align with secular forcesthat supported implementation of the Sethusamudhram Channelproject and fight for social justice and reservation.Its allies opined that the present alliance was enoughto fight the Lok Sabha polls and they would not mind if theDMK chief wanted to expand the alliance and make it stronger. Very few leaders of alliance parties like VCK, IUML, MMKspoke of DMDK leader Vijayakanth and none could infer if theywanted it in the alliance or not, though the DMK chief himselfstated at a press meet before the conference, the oppositionleader was slipping out like a stuntman' on the issue.