DMK chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Monday squashed speculation about his retirement and chided the media for persisting with questions about his withdrawal from active politics.
Addressing the press after the completion of the five-day World Classical Tamil Conference, 86-year-old Karunanidhi retracted an earlier statement in which he had suggested that he would make way for another leader.
The CM had hinted that he might hand over the baton to his younger son and deputy chief minister MK Stalin.
However, with his older son and Union Chemicals Minister MK Alagiri also making his chief ministerial ambitions clear, Karunanidhi is in a rethink mode.
On December 4, 2009, Karunanidhi first spoke about "giving up politics".
To persistent questions on Monday, he said: "If you journalists are so keen on my retirement, you please fix a date and I will do so."
He also warded off questions on advancement of assembly polls, due in May 2011.
"We have just conducted such a major show for the cause of classical Tamil," he said.
"Why talk about elections now?"