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MK Stalin Elected DMK Party President Unopposed Stalin was unanimously elected as the party chief after the demise of his father and president M Karunanidhi weeks ago

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MK STALIN was unanimously elected as the President of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party after the demise of his father and president M Karunanidhi weeks ago at the age of 94.

Stalin, 65, was the chosen political heir of his father and was in charge of the DMK, the party in opposition in Tamil Nadu, as the working president since last year while Karunanidhi was recuperating.

Karunanidhi was the DMK party chief for 49 years after its founder CN Annadurai passed away in 1969.

Stalin was the only person to file his nomination for the post amidst a voice of dissent and some challenge from his estranged brother MK Alagiri.

Alagiri, the elder son, had been expelled from the party in March 2014 and just ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Analysts had then said that this was the result of ‘sibling rivalry’ within the party.

Alagiri was a lawmaker from Madurai, winning the seat in 2009, and was also a central minister in the Manmohan Singh government.

Earlier this month, Alagiri had warned the party and Stalin of “consequences” if he was not readmitted, saying that the “real DMK loyalists are with me”.

#DMKThalaivarStalin: WHAT THEY SAID

Party Workers Celebrate

Rahul Gandhi Congratulates

And Mamata Banerjee

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