NT Bureau, Sun, 01 Jun, 2008,03:20 PM
Will heir apparent and Local Administration Minister M K Stalin take part in the General Council meet of the DMK being convened on Monday is uppermost in the minds of party’s rank and file.
Stalin is taking brief rest at his sister’s house in Bangalore and party leaders are keeping their fingers crossed on whether he will take part in the meeting to be chaired by the DMK president and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi at Anna Arivalayam, the party headquarters.
During the Youth wing conference of the DMK held in Tirunelveli recently, Karunanidhi has declared that Stalin would be given the right post at the right time.
Citing this remark by the Chief Minister, Stalin supporters were hopeful that their leader would be elevated to the right post both in the party structure and governance.
According to sources, Karunanidhi had to shelve his plan of making Stalin as deputy CM which would mean superseding the position of number two in the DMK — Finance Minister K Anbazhagan.
Due to strong opposition to this idea of making Stalin as deputy CM from the top leaders of the DMK, Karunanidhi had not taken forward the plan, according to party sources. Because of this growing difference with top DMK leadership, Stalin has left for Bangalore to stay with his sister, they claim.
Stalin not present in B’day bash
Moreover, Stalin keeping away from the birthday celebration of his father held on Sunday (31 May) with fanfare has created doubts in the minds of party cadres if he will participate in the General Council meet of the party.
Meanwhile, the supporters of M K Azhagiri, the elder son of Karunanidhi, were hopeful that their leader would be given a suitable post with high responsibility in the party for he had been acquitted in the T Kiruttinan murder case. Not to be left alone, Kanimozhi, the daughter of DMK patriarch, has sizeable followers who were expecting a cabinet berth at the Central government for her.
With the three children of Chief Minister Karunanidhi and their supporters upping the ante in the run up to the Council meeting tomorrow, the other issues like inner-party elections, settling of expenditure accounts, plans for centenary fete of DMK founder C N Anna Durai and appointment of office-bearers at the headquarters level may be pushed to the back-burner, according to sources.