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M K Stalin is a politician from Tamil Nadu and the president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). He is the son of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.
Stalin's entry into politics came as a 14-year-old when he campaigned for the state Assembly elections in 1967. Six years later, in 1973, he was elected to the General committee of the DMK. He had been jailed under an internal security law during the Emergency years. Stalin became Chennai's first directly elected Mayor in 1996 and has been elected four times from the Thousand Lights Assembly constituency since 1989. He has fought and won the last two Assembly elections from the Kolathur constituency.
Stalin was named Karunanidhi's successor in 2013. So, he took over the reins of the party when the DMK patriarch died in 2018.
Stalin has handled his flock with both directness and diplomacy. In a letter to workers soon after his father’s death, he made it clear that he was in charge now, not his brother M K Alagiri. This is Stalin’s first Lok Sabha election as party supremo and the DMK will naturally put everything it has into it. Stalin now has undisputed control over his party, with the added advantage that because he has micromanaged so many successive elections, he knows the organisation inside out.