In yet another twist in the family fight over control of DMK in Tamil Nadu, supremo M Karunanidhi has named MK Stalin as his political heir, thereby relegating the already snubbed brother M K Alagiri further into the background. With Karunandihi getting old and unable to run the party on his own, he had increasingly come to depend on Stalin to do the job day-to-day. This had miffed Alagiri who had announced a split from the party fold after Karunanidhi did not allot him any important task during the last state election that was won by a landslide by Jayalalitha’s AIADMK.
This new development in the party has also come as another shocker for MK Alagiri, who did not get any important role in the party during the last assembly elections, which was won by J Jayalalithaa.
DMK pulled out of the ruling UPA on 20 March 2013 following widespread protests in Tamil Nadu against the central government for not taking up the concerns of Tamils in Sri Lanka in the UN resolution against the alleged human rights violation against Tamils by Sri Lankan government. Azhagiri resigned from his ministry along with other ministers from DMK.
There was a brief controversy when Azhagiri did not accompany the contigency led by T.R. Baalu, the head of MPs from the DMK party, to tender resignation in the Prime minister’s office and to hand over the letter of withdrawal to the President on 20 March 2013. It was claimed as a mark of protest against his father Karunanidhi’s decision to pull out from the central ministry. Some sources claim he delayed his resignation as he was not kept in the loop while taking the decision. Following his resignation, Srikanth Jena was appointed the minister of Chemical and Fertilizers.