Chennai: In the clearest-ever hint, DMK President M Karunanidhi on Thursday indicated that his younger son and Treasurer M K Stalin would be successor in the party after him.
"I will work for the cause of uplift of the society till death. So, for the question who after me, the answer is Stalin who is sitting amongst you and you should not forget it," he told his partymen.
The 88-year-old DMK patriarch was addressing party cadre at a function in which over 2,000 PMK men joined the DMK. His remarks were welcomed with loud cheers.
Karunanidhi had more than once given enough hints that Stalin is his political heir-apparent, an issue that had led to sibling rivalry with M K Alagiri, the elder son and Union Minister.
But, this is the clearest hint ever, more so after the 2011 electoral debacle which saw a growing clamour for Stalin taking over the party.
Ever since 59-year old Stalin was given prominence in the party and elevated as Deputy Chief Minister in 2009, there have been indications that he will succeed Karunanidhi.