Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday sent a signal to his sons to end the DMK succession squabble.
This comes a day after he praised his second son M.K. Stalin in a speech but kept mum on his first son, Union minister M.K. Alagiri.
“There is no friction between Alagiri and Stalin. They know that it would only hurt me,” Karunanidhi told Tamil magazine Nakeeran.
On Alagiri’s statement that he cannot accept anyone as the leader after his father, Karunanidhi said, “A single person cannot decide the DMK’s leadership. Even I don’t have the right to decide.”
The DMK chief made it clear to Alagiri, “It is a party which will decide on who will be their next chief... However, in a democracy, everyone has a right to give an opinion.”
Speaking at a rally in Perambur near Chennai on Tuesday, Karunanidhi had said Stalin was not just the deputy CM but “Stalin converts my thoughts into action”.
He said, “Looking at the way you praise him, looking at his hard work, I feel he is a minister who stands as a support for me. Whatever I think he executes, my opinions are made into reality. My thoughts are converted into action.”
What did not go unnoticed in DMK circles was that Karunanidhi did not mention Alagiri in his speech.