India: DMK supremo Karunanidhi officially names younger son MK Stalin his political successor

The announcement is expected to put an end to the long-running succession battle between Stalin (pictured) and elder brother MK Alagiri in one of the country's most powerfulf political families. (Image source: Wikipedia) Photograph:( Others )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 20, 2016, 02.08 PM (IST)

M Karunanidhi, the supremo of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), a political party in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, has officially named his 63-year-old younger son MK Stalin his political successor.

In an interview to a Tamil weekly, the 92-year-old said, “Stalin is my political heir and I am not missing Alagiri in any way.”

MK Alagiri is Stalin's elder brother. 

It is expected that the statement will put an end to the long-running succession battle between the two brothers in one of the country's most powerful political families. 

Stalin has been a four-time MLA in the Tamil Nadu Legislative assembly and a one-time deputy chief minister of the state. 

The DMK has been headed since 1969 by M Karunanidhi, who has been chief minister of Tamil Nadu five times. 

(WION)