Day after Azhagiri theatrics, Stalin says can't imagine running DMK without Kalaignar

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Day after Azhagiri theatrics, Stalin says can't imagine running DMK without Kalaignar

DMK's working president MK Stalin addressing the party's executive meeting in Chennai said that he cannot imagine running the party without his father Karunanidhi.

DMK's working president MK Stalin addressing the party's executive meeting in Chennai said that he cannot imagine running the party without his father Karunanidhi.

The meeting was held today in Chennai's Anna Arivalayam to pay tribute to the late DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, who died on August 7.

Stalin took the stage amid chants of "Stalin for President" by DMK cadres.

"You have all lost your leader but I have lost not just my leader but my father too," Stalin said in an emotional speech that did not touch upon politics.

Stalin said that his father's dream to form the government in Tamil Nadu had remained unfulfilled.

"Based on the appointment [as DMK's working president], I have been visiting different districts and have called for a meeting here to understand the needs of the party and through these meetings I have been informing them that we need to be united and working together for the development of the party," Stalin said.

MK Stalin also congratulated DMK's legal team for ensuring that Karunandihi was buried at Chennai's Marnia Beach over opposition from the Tamil Nadu government. "Kalaignar won even after his demise. Today we all have gathered here to condole the great leader," Stalin said.

Stalin emphasised that winning the case against the Tamil Nadu government was a "do or die situation for them".

DMK cadres and leaders firmly stand behind Stalin's claim to the position of party chief. All the leaders who spoke during DMK's executive meeting endorsed Stalin for the post of president.

The meeting comes a day after MK Stalin's elder brother, MK Azhagiri, said that Karunanidhi's true followers are on his side. Azhagiri was expelled from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in 2014 on charges that he was involved in anti-party activities.

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