MK Stalin made DMK working president
DMK general council meeting passes resolution to make MK Stalin party's working president
With the health of DMK chief M Karunanidhi a matter of concern, the general council of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), which in Chennai on Wednesday, passed a resolution to appoint party treasurer MK Stalin as the working president of the party.
The 93-year-old former chief minister has been in and out of hospital in the last six weeks, necessitating this handing over of the baton.
“Stalin will be appointed by amending the bylaws of the party. In the past too, the party had amended its bylaws to create two deputy general secretary posts reserved for a woman and a Dalit,” a former minister and DMK veteran told The Hindu earlier.
Besides the resolution for amending bylaws and appointing a working president, resolutions on the current agricultural crisis and farmers’ suicides in the Delta region will be adopted in the meeting. Stalin will continue to hold the post of treasurer.
He will be the first working president of the DMK.
The post of president was created after the demise of party founder CN Annadurai, who had reserved the president’s post for his political mentor and Dravidar Kazhagam leader Periyar EV Ramasamy. Karunanidhi became the first president of the DMK.
Stalin led the DMK both in 2014 Lok Sabha and the 2016 assembly elections. But victory eluded him. The party failed to bag even a single seat in 2014.