Chennai: Showering praise on his younger son and party's youth wing leader M K Stalin, DMK president M Karunanidhi today said he has risen from a zone secretary to Deputy Chief Minister-level due to hard work and asked the cadre to support and help him in all his future endeavours.
"You should support him and help him in all his future endeavours," the DMK patriarch said, two days after he backed Stalin over selection of office-bearers for organisational posts, virtually dismissing his elder son and Union Minister M K Alagiri's protests.
Alagiri had expressed displeasure over 'neglect' of his recommendations for party posts in the youth wing headed by his brother.
Coming out with his views on Alagiri's outbursts, seen as an indication of simmering sibling rivalry, Karunanidhi had said Stalin had only tried to ensure family members of senior leaders were kept away from occupying key responsibilities.
Stalin was Deputy Chief Minister in the previous DMK Ministry.
Reports of sibling rivalry between Alagiri and Stalin had always been doing the rounds, with the former -- considered DMK's strongman in south Tamil Nadu -- opposing any change in the party leadership.
Addressing the party's youth wing conference at Maraimalai Nagar tonight, Karunanidhi also said the DMK's state-level conference, to be held next year or the year after, would be organised in Tiruchirapalli.