M.K.Stalin’s political career

M.K. Stalin born on 01st March 1953 as  Karunanidhi’s third son from his second wife, Dayalu Ammal. He was initially named as Ayya Durai in remembrance of the legends E.V.Ramasamy Ayya and Anna Durai. His father changed his name as M.K.Stalin after the Soviet communist dictator Josef Stalin who died 4 days after the birth of M.K Stalin.

M.K.Stalin, as his father M.Karunanidhi, entered into politics at the age of 14. But only after 51 years, where No other political prince in India would have waited so long for the coronation, Stalin sought to accept the DMK crown with humility and hope ..

A recap of his political career.


M.K.Stalin started campaigning for the forth assembly elections held in 1967 at the age of 14.


He organized a public meeting to facilitate Anna’s birthday


He addressed a public meeting held in Kodambakkam – Mambalam High Road for the first time.


He was elected to the General committee of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).


He was jailed under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) for protesting against the Emergency


Became the head the DMK’s Youth Wing which had by then shaped up into a well-oiled party machine.


Contested in the Eighth Assembly elections for the first time, from the Thousand Lights constituency and lost. This was the only election in which M.Karunanidhi didnt participate.


Contested in the Ninth Assembly elections from Thousand Lights -the same constituency where he lost previously and won this time. Became the MLA for the first time. This was the DMK regime. But he was not included in the cabinet.


Contested in the Tenth Assembly elections from the same Thousand Lights constituency for the third time and lost. This time the party had a clean sweep. Only the president M Karunanidhi won in Harbour constituency and one more from Ennore constituency won. This was due to the Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.


Contested in the Eleventh Assembly elections from the same Thousand Lights constituency for the fourth time and won.This was again the DMK regime and he was not included in the cabinet.

He also contested and became Chennai’s 44th mayor but the first directly elected Mayor


Contested in the Twelfth Assembly elections from the same Thousand Lights constituency for the fifth time and won.

Also he was elected as Mayor of Chennai for the second time. However, the present Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa enacted the Tamil Nadu Municipal Laws (Amendment) Act, 2002, a law that prevents a person from holding two elected posts in the government. This law was applied retrospectively to Stalin’s case (he was elected MLA) in a move widely seen as aimed at removing as Chennai’s Mayor.


Stalin was elected deputy general secretary of the DMK


Continued to contest from Thousand Lights constituency for the sixth time during the Thirteen Assembly elections and won.


On 29 May 2009, Stalin was nominated as Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by Governor Surjit Singh Barnala.


He was elected as the party treasurer in 2010


During the Fourteenth Assembly elections, He changed his constituency from Harbour to Kolathur and won.


On 3 January 2013, M.Karunanidhi named Stalin as his heir apparent, thus ending a long time confusion about who would take over the party reins after Karunanidhi’s death.


He became the party treasurer for the second time.


During the Sixteenth Assembly elections, He continued to contest from the same constituency – Kolathur and won.


He was elevated as the DMK’s working president, when Karunanidhi effectively withdrew from active politics.


Party General secretary K. Anbazhagan announced the election of M.K.Stalin as its president. 1307 nominations had been filed on behalf of Stalin.

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president M.K. Stalin was unanimously elected president of the party at a meeting of its general council.


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