Last month, the DMK had announced that its General Council meeting — deferred in view of M Karunanidhi's hospitalisation — would be held on 4 January. And the stage is seemingly set for DMK treasurer MK Stalin to take over the party's reins, albeit in a non-permanent capacity.
Stalin, who is also Leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, is widely tipped to be appointed working president of the party in the General Council, the powerful decision-making body of DMK.
According to The New Indian Express, Stalin "has been steering the party in the absence of active participation of his father". The report notes that he "led the Assembly elections campaign last year after launching a road show while interacting with representatives of industry and other sectors to drum up support for his party".
It may be recalled that the General Council meeting had been deferred following Karunanidhi's hospitalisation due to lung and throat infection. Karunanidhi was discharged from a private hospital on 23 December. And on the topic of his own elevation, Stalin had told reporters that the decision will "obviously" be taken only by the party's decision-making bodies.
"Obviously. Only the General Council and Executive Council decide" on such matters, he said in response to a query in this regard.
With the AIADMK under new leadership (Sasikala), it appears the DMK seems set to go that way as well.
With inputs from PTI
Updated Date: Jan 04, 2017 07:54 AM