M. K. Stalin

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M. K. Stalin
Leader of the Opposition
President of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Assumed office
28 August 2018
Secretary General K. Anbazhagan
1st Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
In office
29 May 2009 – 15 May 2011
Governor Surjit Singh Barnala
Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi
Preceded by position established
Succeeded by O. Panneerselvam
Constituency Kolathur
Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
25 May 2016
Deputy Durai Murugan
Preceded by Vijayakanth
(Working) President of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
In office
4 January 2017 – 27 August 2018
President M. Karunanidhi
Secretary General K. Anbazhagan
Preceded by position established
37th Mayor of Chennai
In office
October 1996 – October 2002
Preceded by R. Arumugam
Succeeded by M. Subramaniam
Personal details
Born Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin
(1953-03-01) 1 March 1953 (age 65)
Madras, Madras State, (now Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India)
Political party Indian Election Symbol Rising Sun.png Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Spouse(s) Durga Stalin (m.1976-present)
Relations See Karunanidhi family
Children Udhayanidhi Stalin
Mother Dayalu Ammal
Father M. Karunanidhi
Residence Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Actor, Politician
Website http://mkstalin.in/

Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin (Tamil pronunciation: Mu. Ka. Sṭāliṉ; born 1 March 1953) known as M. K. Stalin, is an Indian politician from Tamil Nadu and president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) political party. [1][2] He was the 37th Mayor of Chennai from 1996 to 2002 and 1st Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 2009 to 2011.[3][4]

Stalin is the third son of 3rd Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and DMK Chief M. Karunanidhi, and was born to his second wife, Dayalu Ammal. Stalin completed his graduation in history from Presidency College, Chennai in University of Madras.[5] Stalin became the Minister for Rural Development and Local Administration in the Government of Tamil Nadu after the 2006 Assembly elections. On 29 May 2009, Stalin was nominated as Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by Governor Surjit Singh Barnala.[6]

On 3 January 2013, 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.[7] Stalin was designated as the Working President of the DMK on 4 January 2017. On 28 August 2018, he was elected unanimously as the DMK Chief after Karunanidhi’s death.

Political career[edit]

M. K. Stalin was born in Madras, now Chennai, on 1 March 1953. He was named after Joseph Stalin, who died four days later.[8] His political career began when, as a 14 year old, he campaigned in the 1967 elections.[9] In 1973, Stalin was elected to the General committee of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).

He came to limelight when he was jailed under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) for protesting against the Emergency.[10] Stalin has been elected four times to the Tamil Nadu Assembly since 1989 from the Thousand Lights constituency in Chennai. Stalin became the city's first directly elected Mayor in 1996.[11]

Stalin was reelected Mayor in 2001,[12] however, 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.[13] However the Madras High Court struck down the law stating that legislative bodies were not "prevented" from making laws affecting the "substantive rights" of persons retrospectively. However, the court held under Madras (now Chennai) City Municipal Corporation Act, 1919, a person cannot be Mayor for two consecutive terms though unlike Stalin earlier mayors were not directly elected. Stalin did not appeal in the Supreme Court.[14]

Stalin has been arrested several times on various public issues since he was first arrested in 1975 under MISA, which is close to the Terrorism and Goondas Acts. Severe physical punishment has been imposed on him previously. Karunanidhi midnight arrest in which Karunanidhi, Stalin, Maran, and others were arrested and charged in the flyover scam. This was widely considered to be an act of political vendetta,[15] as the FIR or police complaint was lodged on Friday night and the arrests were carried out only a few hours later on Saturday morning.[16] While the arrests took place in 2001, the chargesheet was only filed in court four years later, in 2005.[17]

Stalin openly accused V. K. Sasikala of Jayalalithaa's death. He said that if Jayalalithaa’s death is probed, she’d be in jail for life.[18]

Karunanidhi who died on August 7 after a prolonged illness, had during his life time made it clear that Stalin will be his successor.

Elections contested and positions held[edit]

Elections Constituency Party Result Vote percentage Opposition Candidate Opposition Party Opposition vote percentage
Tamil Nadu state assembly election, 1984 Thousand Lights DMK Lost 47.94 K.A. Krishnaswamy AIADMK 50.44[19]
Tamil Nadu state assembly election, 1989 Thousand Lights DMK Won 50.59 Thambidurai SSR ADK JL 30.05[20]
Tamil Nadu state assembly election, 1991 Thousand Lights DMK Lost 39.19 K.A. Krishnaswamy AIADMK 56.5[21]
Tamil Nadu state assembly election, 1996 Thousand Lights DMK Won 69.72 Zeenath Sheriffdeen AIADMK 22.95[22]
Tamil Nadu state assembly election, 2001 Thousand Lights DMK Won 51.41 S. Sekar TMC 43.78[23]
Tamil Nadu state assembly election, 2006 Thousand Lights DMK Won 46.0 Adi Rajaram AIADMK 43.72[24]
Tamil Nadu state assembly election, 2011 Kolathur DMK Won 47.7 Saidai Sa. Duraisamy AIADMK 45.78[25]
Tamil Nadu state assembly election, 2016 Kolathur DMK Won 54.3 J.C.D.Prabhakar AIADMK 31.8[26][27]

Dynasty controversy[edit]

However, DMK sources and political supporters deny this[clarification needed] and say Stalin has come up on his own merit. They say that Stalin has faced a lot of hardship since 1975 when he was jailed under MISA. He was beaten up in jail so brutally during the Emergency that a fellow DMK Party prisoner named Chittibabu died trying to save him.[28][29]

Stalin was an MLA in 1989 and 1996 when his father Karunanidhi was the Chief Minister but he was not inducted into the Cabinet. He contested and became Chennai's 44th mayor but the first directly elected Mayor in 1996. It was only in his fourth term as MLA that he was made a Minister in the Karunanidhi cabinet and his rise is slow and steady. They further point out that Karunanidhi has even expelled his other sons M.K. Muthu and M.K. Azhagiri when they were guilty of wrongdoing.[30]

See also[edit]





  1. ^ https://m.economictimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/thalapathy-to-thalaivar-stalin-elected-dmk-president/articleshow/65572139.cms
  2. ^ https://indianexpress.com/article/india/dmk-general-council-meeting-live-updates-president-m-k-stalin-alagiri-5328124/
  3. ^ "Karunanidhi makes Stalin Deputy Chief Minister". TheHindu.com.
  4. ^ Stalin appointed Tamil Nadu Deputy CM
  5. ^ India Today
  6. ^ Stalin named TN deputy CM
  7. ^ "After me, it's Stalin: DMK chief Karunanidhi". 
  8. ^ Thangavelu, Dharani (1 March 2017). "Will DMK's Stalin gain from the political feud in Tamil Nadu?". Mint. Retrieved 20 April 2018. 
  9. ^ "Waiting in the wings". B. Kolappan. The Hindu. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  10. ^ Daily Excelsior... Editorial Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Towards Singara Chennai - Interview with the Mayor - www.chennaibest.com
  12. ^ rediff.com: Stalin re-elected mayor of Madras
  13. ^ Mayor's office slips out of Stalin's hand-Cities-The Times of India
  14. ^ The Telegraph - Calcutta: Nation
  15. ^ rediff.com: Karunanidhi, Stalin arrested
  16. ^ rediff.com: Personal agenda prevailed over rule of the law: Arun Jaitley
  17. ^ Chargesheet filed out of political vendatta: DMK - Sify.com
  18. ^ Quint, The. "Probe into Jaya's Death Will Get Sasikala a Life Term, Says Stalin". www.thequint.com. The Quint. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "Statistical report on Tamil Nadu Assembly election 1984" (PDF). Election Commission of India. 1984. p. 25. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  20. ^ "Statistical report on Tamil Nadu Assembly election 1989" (PDF). Election Commission of India. 1989. p. 254. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  21. ^ "Statistical report on Tamil Nadu Assembly election 1991" (PDF). Election Commission of India. 1991. p. 27. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  22. ^ "Statistical report on Tamil Nadu Assembly election 1996" (PDF). Election Commission of India. 1996. p. 261. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  23. ^ "Statistical report on Tamil Nadu Assembly election 2001" (PDF). Election Commission of India. 2001. p. 257. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  24. ^ "Statistical report on Tamil Nadu Assembly election 2006". Election Commission of India. 2006. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  25. ^ "Statistical report on Tamil Nadu Assembly election 2001" (PDF). Election Commission of India. 2011. p. 36. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  26. ^ "The verdict 2016". The Hindu. Chennai. 19 May 2016. p. 6. 
  27. ^ "Green cover". The Times of India. Chennai. 19 May 2016. p. 2. 
  28. ^ Politics: Special Series; M K Stalin
  29. ^ [1]
  30. ^ Tehelka - The People's Paper Archived 11 September 2012 at Archive.is
Party political offices
Preceded by
M. Karunanidhi
President of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
28 August 2018 – Present

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