Stalin vs Alagiri: Considering the situation the DMK is in – no big allies, a very strong AIADMK and no anti-incumbency wave against the principal opponent – Stalin, the younger son, is not doing badly. On Monday, his rally in north Chennai was a huge success. People in large numbers, including women and children, waited for hours at the venue to listen to him where he spoke with impressive optimism. Party workers were enthusiastic and arrangements were more than grand. There was absolutely nothing to hint that Stalin had any fear of taking on former Chief Minister Jayalalitha.
He focused most of his speech on former CM Jayalalitha. His elder brother Alagiri was plotting to dent his chances if any. Dismissed from the party for indiscipline, he’s pulling out all stops to damage the DMK. Given that most of the contests are multi-cornered, he may try to influence the outcome in at least five constituencies. However, since Stalin had done his homework and all that is essential to control the party machinery and cadres, his clout is only speculative and nobody knows his .real strength, which will remain unmeasured even after the elections.
Stalin vs Alagiri – Who is the next leader of the DMK party?
But what can be visibly measured is the contrast in their enthusiasm and efforts – Stalin who wants to win while Alagiri desperately who wants his brother to lose. Chennai: Amid indications of a possible succession war within the party, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Tuesday rallied behind its working president MK Stalin, the son of late DMK party chief M Karunanidhi, saying he would take over its leadership soon.
Duraimurugan’s statement comes amid indications of a possible succession war in the Dravidian party, with expelled DMK leader and Karunanidhi’s son MK Alagiri claiming that the true supporters of his father were with him. Though Stalin sits firmly in the saddle and his ascension as DMK president seems to be only a matter of time, Alagiri’s tough posturing may prod his supporters in Madurai and adjoining districts to come out openly against the new chief.
Karunanidhi’s elder son MK Alagiri who was expelled from the party in 2014, on Thursday claimed that the loyal supporters were with him even as the party looks to officially elevate MK Stalin as the party president from its working president. The former union minister, who had been lying low for a long time, chose the occasion of a wedding of a DMK functionary to speak on his future plans. He had recently, questioned Stalin’s leadership in the wake of DMK’s drubbing in RK Nagar Assembly by-poll in 2017 where the party candidate had forfeited his deposit against AMMK’s TTV Dhinakaran.
Stalin vs Alagiri – Alagiri had claimed the DMK cannot win any election under Stalin and taunted him as a ‘non-working president’. All the supporters in Tamil Nadu are on my side and are encouraging me only. Only time will give the answers; that is all I am willing to say now”, Alagiri told. He also stated that his father’s true relatives and supporters on his side.
But some of the supporters are stand with Stalin. K Anbalagan, general secretary of the DMK, lashed out at Alagiri for his remarks. “Alagiri has no right and no place to comment on Stalin as he is not a part of the DMK. He was the one who was about to attack our ‘Thalalpathy’. He is making these statements out of jealousy,” he said, according to a report.