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Sibling rivalry at its height

28 May 2003
 Sibling rivalry at its height
  • The murder of Pasumpon T.Kiruttinan - a Stalin loyalist, brought to fore the heightened tensions between Karunanidhi's children - Alagiri and Stalin.
  • Alagiri and his men were arrested for the murder. He was accused of conspiring to 'eliminate' Kiruttinan as 'his political future was at stake'.
  • The police statement elaborated some incidents which lead to widening of differences between the Stalin and Alagiri factions.

Karunanidhi’s progeny


From his three marriages, Karunanidhi had 6 children. Four sons - Muthu, Alagiri, Stalin and Tamilarasu and two daughters - Selvi and Kanimozhi.

Alagiri expresses his wish to lead the party

16 Feb 2012
 Alagiri expresses his wish to lead the party
  • The eldest of the living sons of Karunanidhi, M.K. Alagiri reiterated his wish to succeed his father as the head of the party.
  • Stalin on his part, had been steadily gaining his grip over the party apparatus.
  • With Stalin's supporters' demand that he be made party chief, the rivalry between the brothers came out in the open.

Stalin after Karunanidhi?

3 Jan 2013
Stalin after Karunanidhi?

Alagiri suspended from DMK

25 Jan 2014
Alagiri suspended from DMK
  • Alagiri was suspended from the party by his father Karunanidhi. This was for going against the party and expressing views different from that of the party's .
  • Alagiri was said to have disregarded party leadership. He was temporarily removed from all the posts and his party membership was also suspended.
  • The removal became significant in the long-standing struggle for power between Stalin and Alagiri.

Kanimozhi endorses Stalin for succession

8 Apr 2015
 Kanimozhi endorses Stalin for succession
  • Kanimozhi, sister of Stalin said that there was no resistance in the party to his elevation as head of the party.
  • She said Stalin was efficient and capable of taking the party forward.
  • When quizzed about Alagiri's opposition to Stalin, she answered, "within the framework of the party structure, everyone has accepted Stalin."

Stalin hinted to be the heir of DMK

4 Jun 2015
Stalin hinted to be the heir of DMK
  • The Chief of DMK - M. Karunanidhi almost gave it away that his son Stalin would succeed him.
  • About Stalin he said, "He is the treasurer of the party until now and hereafter …," without completing the sentence.
  • He was speaking on the occasion of his 91st birthday and Stalin's supporters expected the announcement of succession.
  • Karunanidhi described Stalin as the "personification of hard work."