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No other political prince in India would have waited so long for the coronation. And when it happened on Tuesday, 21 days after his father M Karunanidhi passed away, Stalin sought to accept the DMK crown with humility and hope, promise and poise.
Elected unopposed as DMK president at the party’s general council meeting, Stalin opened his acceptance speech with the admission that he would not be a match for his father. In fact, he indicated that he could be different from Karunanidhi. “We are not against (God) believers,” he said, signalling a willingness to steer the party beyond rationalism, for wider acceptance in changed times.
While S Duraimurugan was elected treasurer, Stalin ensured that his ascension had the blessings of his extended family, notwithstanding his older brother M K Alaigiri’s whimper of protest.
General secretary K Anbazhagan, set the tone: “Karunanidhi once said he had not done his duty as a father for Stalin’s progress. But Stalin has performed his duties and made himself a proud son.”
Stalin rose to speak. “I am not Kalaignar, I can’t match his mastery over the language. But, I can dare to try. Kalaignar’s principles will guide us forever,” he said. “Kalaignar had appreciated my hard work. I continue the work till my end. The party is bigger than any individual … Our general secretary (Anbazhagan) is there to guide me.” “I have a dream,” he continued.
“A dream to usher in a change– in myself, in ourselves and in our approach to others. Being above caste, creed and lending a helping hand to the needy. We don’t believe in God. But, we respect those who believe,” Stalin said.
Shifting to politics, Stalin turned aggressive, targeting BJP and AIADMK. “We have to come together to prevent saffronisation of this country and throw out the spineless ruling party in the state.”
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As if delivering a message to Alagiri, the new DMK chief said: “None should become selfish in the race to prove who is bigger at the cost of the party’s future. We should believe in the party leadership and the leadership will reflect the aspirations of the party cadres.”
Courtesy:Times of India