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Karunanidhi says Stalin will be next DMK chief

Jan 03, 2013 03:22 PM IST India India

Chennai: Hinting that younger son MK Stalin will be his heir, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Thursday perhaps laid to rest speculation on who will win the battle between the two brothers - Stalin and MK Alagiri - to lead the party after him.

Speaking at a public function in Chennai, the 88-year-old Karunanidhi, however, said he will work for the party "till his last breath". "Till my last breath I will take care of the party work. For the question of who after me, Stalin is sitting here as an answer," Karunanidhi said.

Karunanidhi's sons Alagiri and Stalin have been engaged in a battle over succession for some time now. Stalin has been looking at the party's affairs in Tamil Nadu while older brother Alagiri has been a central minister and came into politics much later than Stalin.