MK: Stalin can be CM if something happens to me
DMK leader M Karunanidhion Tuesday sought to put an end to the when-will Stalin-be-CM speculation, saying his son can be the chief minister only when “something happens“ to him (Karunanidhi).
M Karunanidhi is officially the DMK’s chief ministerial candidate, but that has not stopped a section within the party from demanding Stalin be named the CM candidate.There has also been a whisper campaign that the 91-year-old leader would pass on the baton to his son if the party is voted to power.
On Tuesday , the five-time chief minister left little to the imagination. “Stalin can become the chief minister if something happens to me,“ he told NDTV . Karunanidhi is contesting for a record 13th time in an assembly poll and a second consecutive time from his home constituency of Tiruvarur.
Asked about the demand that he should make way for a younger person, Karunanidhi replied: “Stalin himself does not not want to be CM. Stalin was among those who want me to be CM.“ The veteran said he had not lost the polls since 1957. Exuding confidence that he would be the chief minister for the sixth time if the party is elected to power, Karunanidhi said, “People see a new hope in DMK.“
As Stalin’s whirlwind tour across the state seeking support for the DMK alliance made headlines, Karunanidhi has been in full of praise for his heir-apparent. At an election rally in Chennai on Sunday , Karunanidhi said that he too was envious of his son whose hard work was hundred times more than his own when he was Stalin’s age.“I am not saying this because he is my son… Stalin is a boon to my penance,“ he said amid cheers from supporters.
The DMK leader has been travelling across the state, taking on his arch rival Jayalalithaa. Karunanidhi has been reminding the electorate of his achievements including 31% reservation for BCs and 18% for SCs, setting up of the slum clearance board, water supply and drainage board, and nationalisation of transport corporations.
The DMK veteran said the third front led by actor Vijayakanth is of no consequence.
dinathanthi newspaper 11/05/2016 : http://www.dinathanthiepaper.in/firstpage.aspx