The Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam party is fast becoming a family-run corporate house. The party is flooded with the Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's children and grandchildren. The whole family wants to serve the poor and the public via politics!.
THE NEXT two generations of M Karunanidhi the chief minister of Tamilnadu and the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) patriarch – are being launched by the DMK party so that the party is firmly in the family’s pocket.
First, his son MK Stalin was groomed to be his political heir and to lead the party once Karunanidhi hangs up his boots. In addition, Stalin’s son too is interested in joining the fray so that he can become the second in line for the dynasty. This grandson has started representing his father at public meetings and has also produced a film recently.
Next the chief minister took in his daughter Kanimozhi, a well known poet and social activist, and nominated her for a Rajya Sabha post even though she has done very little for the party. All this after the unceremonious exit of Dayanidhi Maran the former union minister for Communications and IT portfolio from the union cabinet.
At present, his granddaughter, the daughter of his other son Azhagiri a political heavyweight in south of Tamilnadu and an extra constitutional authority is being annointed to jump into politics. She will be addressing the ruling DMK’s women’s conference in Cuddalore, sometime this month.
This granddaughter first shot into prominence when her poems got published in the DMK’s mouthpiece Murasoli. Subsequently, she attended the party’s youth conference and brought out a souvenir for her father’s 57th birthday. This granddaughter’s brother is also keen on serving the public, that is, in other words, entering politics. He has the blessings of both his father and grandfather.
Furthermore, another grandson of Karunanidhi, the son of his eldest son, MK Muthu, will also be joining the party to realise his political ambitions.
Both the daughter and the granddaughter of Karunanidi have inherited his poetic tendencies and have established themselves as poets. They claim to have poetry and politics in their blood. Surprisingly,
the party cadres do not seem to mind this set up and there is no revolt in the party regarding this issue because what Karunanidhi does at the state level they do it at the district level.
The interest shown by Karunanidhi’s grandchildren in politics follows the exit of his great-nephew Dayanidhi Maran from the mainstream politics. Having just one member from a family in a party is entirely different from having the whole family in it. The party is more like a family-run corporate house. They claim that they would like to and want to serve the poor and the public and that’s why they are in politics....... well... whatever... if they say so!