Karunanidhi hints at massive organisational shake up in DMK

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Chennai, June 3 (UNI) Come September, the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu would sport a new look.

Addressing the party's General Council meeting here yesterday, DMK President and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi made it clear that a change in the organisational set-up was in the offing.

At the end of the party organisational elections in September, a new set of office bearers would take charge, he said, amidst speculations that he might step down to pave way for his son M K Stalin to take over the mantle of the party.

After the completion of the election process, the existing office bearers would be replaced by a new set of office bearers and the rank and file of the party should accept them without any bickerings, Mr Karunanidhi said, dropping enough hints that there would be a massive shake up in the party.

''The changes are for the better and you should accept the changes without giving room for any bitterness,'' he said, reminding them of late Chief Minister and party founder C N Annadurai's words that they were brethren and should bury their differences, if any.

''Only if we are united, we will become eligible to celebrate the centenary of Anna,'' he said, laying emphasis on unity in the party.

With Mr Karunanidhi preparing the ground, it remains to be seen whether Mr Stalin, who had already been projected as the future leader of the party, would be annointed as the new party President.

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