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I will be the Tamil Nadu CM if DMK wins election: Karunanidhi

DMK president M Karunanidhi (93) said on Tuesday he will be the chief minister if his party wins the May 16 assembly election and forms government in Tamil Nadu and his son M K Stalin has to wait “till nature does something to me”.

Tamil Nadu 2016 Updated: May 11, 2016 16:02 IST
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DMK chief M Karunanidhi with his son MK Stalin at a meeting of party members in Chennai. (PTI File Photo)

DMK president M Karunanidhi (93) said on Tuesday he will be the chief minister if his party wins the May 16 assembly election and forms government in Tamil Nadu and his son M K Stalin has to wait “till nature does something to me”.

“Stalin himself doesn’t want to become chief minister. He wants DMK president (Karunanidhi) to become chief minister. I have never lost (an election) since 1957. Therefore, if I win, it will be the sixth time (as chief minister),” he told NDTV.

Responding to a question if he will pave the way for youngsters if DMK wins elections, Karunanidhi said that he will lead the government if his party is voted back to power and that DMK treasurer Stalin was “among the first” who wanted him to be the chief minister.

Asked what he had to say to those in the party who wanted Stalin to be given an opportunity (as chief minister), Karunanidhi quipped “if he has to get a chance, (then) nature has to do something to me”.

The issue of Karunanidhi passing the baton to a successor has been a subject of debate in the DMK.

Though Stalin has often been referred to as Karunanidhi’s political heir apparent, with the party patriarch himself dropping enough hints, he still has not been elevated to the top post. He was deputy chief minister in the previous DMK government.

Stalin’s elder brother MK Alagiri, who was expelled from DMK for anti-party activities, was also vying for the top post.

At the height of power tussle in DMK’s first family, Alagiri had once remarked that the party was not a ‘mutt’ where a senior pontiff could appoint a successor.