A brand new chilly conflict appears to be brewing within the primary household of the DMK, if inner sources within the occasion are to be believed.
After rendering his brother MK Alagiri irrelevant within the succession race, MK Stalin had taken over because the president of the Dravidian occasion after the loss of life of their father Muthuvel Karunanidhi final yr.
Stalin’s grip on the occasion consolidated additional after he helped the DMK-led alliance sweep 38 of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu earlier this yr. The DMK gained 24 Lok Sabha seats by itself, making it the third-largest parliamentary occasion within the essential decrease home of Parliament.
One ramification of the stupendous success of the DMK within the LS polls was the elevation of Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi to the vital DMK youth wing secretary’s place. Critical as a result of Stalin had held the place until the age of 64 earlier than being elevated because the working president and finally the president of the occasion.
So, Udhayanidhi occupying the identical place was seen as a sign to the occasion cadre on the probably succession plans within the DMK.
Udhayanidhi started to carve out a circle of supporters for himself instantly after his elevation and undertook strikes to consolidate his place.
A senior DMK chief, who didn’t need to be named, identified that the primary assembly of the occasion’s district secretaries was held within the youth wing workplace ‘Anbagam’ in Teynampet, as an alternative of the standard occasion headquarters at Anna Arivalyam.
Also, the district secretaries have been requested by the excessive-command to conduct public conferences which have been to be addressed by Udhayanidhi. An enormous membership drive was additionally launched particularly for the Youth Wing.
Udhayanidhi was additionally made the managing director of the highly effective Murasoli belief, which controls numerous belongings of the DMK together with the eponymous occasion mouthpiece, aside from vital actual property within the type of occasion places of work throughout the state.
However, one such transfer by Udhayanidhi to additional consolidate his place via a proposal to create a brand new girls’s youth wing within the occasion was seen to have triggered off a tussle within the Karunanidhi household.
This is as a result of the DMK already has a girls’s wing led by Stalin’s step-sister Kanimozhi who can also be the occasion’s MP from Toothukudi and seen as its face in New Delhi. Kanimozhi had sided with Stalin within the intrafamily combat towards Alagiri.
But the proposal for a brand new girls’s youth wing was seen as venturing right into a territory managed by Kanimozhi. Also, the youth wing’s relaxed entry norms that as an alternative of getting to be beneath the age of 30, now those that are 35 years outdated might be a part of the youth wing together with the proposed girls’s wing appears to have fuelled the feud extra.
A supporter of Kanimozhi within the occasion questioned the necessity to create a separate youth girls’s wing.
“After all Kanimozhi is our Thalaivar (president) Karunanidhi’s daughter. When Karunanidhi was alive, he had ensured adequate space and importance to Kanimozhi was given in the party. But, we feel the current leadership is sidelining our leader for unknown reasons,” the supporter stated.
RS Bharathi, the DMK’s organising secretary, nevertheless, denied there was any battle within the occasion’s first household.
“There is no tussle between Udhayanidhi and his aunt Kanimozhi. Outsiders want to create trouble within the DMK and thus are spreading fake information that Kanimozhi is being sidelined,” Bharathi stated whereas talking to HT.
He additionally stated that the DMK’s youth wing has no concrete plans to type a separate girls’s group.
“We have just revised the highest age to join the youth wing,” Bharathi stated.
The DMK youth wing’s deputy secretary M Subramanian, who can also be an MLA, echoed Bharathi’s views.
“We have no such plans. The party’s focus is on bringing more youth into the party,” he instructed HT.
Attempts made by HT to contact Kanimozhi have been unsuccessful.
Raveendran Duraisamy, a famous political analyst, stated that regardless of the denials, all will not be nicely within the primary household of DMK.
“It is evident that after the elevation of Udhayanidhi, the importance of Kanimozhi is reduced. After adverse reactions to reports about the formation of a new young women’s group under the youth wing, it seems the DMK has stopped the move, for now. But, Kanimozhi had expressed her dissatisfaction several times,” stated Duraisamy.
He additionally identified that Kanimozhi didn’t take part within the occasion’s marketing campaign for the parliamentary and meeting by-elections.
“Unlike in the LS polls where she aggressively campaigned, her services were not used much in the Vellore LS poll held in August. Both in the Nanguneri and Vikravandi assembly seat by-polls, Kanimozhi campaigned for a mere two hours,” stated Duraisamy.
“During the critical time of the by-polls, she went to Serbia for attending an inter-parliamentary meet. Nanguneri is the place where Kanimozhi mother’s OBC Nadar caste are high in number. But, she chose not to focus there. The AIADMK candidate defeated DMK’s ally Congress party candidate,” stated Duraisamy.
Bharathi, nevertheless, defended Kanimozhi’s absence from the marketing campaign path.
“She went as a DMK representative to the inter-parliamentary meet in Serbia and was thus not in a position to campaign for party candidates in Nanguneri and Vikravandi by-polls. Too much should not be read into it,” he stated.
However, Stalin’s grip on the occasion is continuous to strengthen.
On Sunday, the DMK’s General Council gave extra powers to the occasion president which was earlier held by normal secretary Ok Anbazhagan, in keeping with the occasion’s structure.
“As the president, he can remove or add anyone to the party,” a single line decision handed by the DMK General Council learn.
Duraisamy stated for now Stalin’s maintain on the occasion is unquestioned.