Some stated Stalin was in a rush, but it surely additionally confirmed his confidence and sense of urgency. “He told party leaders he had made so many promises, he has to start working immediately to deliver on them,” says senior DMK chief T Okay S Elangovan.
Strategists had consciously put Stalin at the centre of DMK’s marketing campaign. “His name has never resonated so much as it did in the past six months,” says the occasion’s political strategist Prashant Kishor. “Earlier, he was ‘Kalaignar’s son’, ‘former mayor’ … now… just Stalin, the person, the leader.”
His wait has been so lengthy that many noticed him as the ‘perennial prince who couldn’t be the king’. Being Karunanidhi’s son helped him climb the ladder, however step-by-step — as DMK common council member in 1973, political prisoner throughout the Emergency, DMK youth wing chief in 1982, Chennai mayor from 1996 to 2002, occasion deputy common secretary in 2003, native administration minister in 2006 and deputy chief minister in 2009.
The closing leap took years. In the run-as much as the 2016 meeting polls, he was unofficially projected as the CM candidate, however when the going obtained robust, Karunanidhi, then 92, stated he would assume the prime publish. Even when Karunanidhi was mattress-ridden in 2017, Stalin was nonetheless appearing president; he was lastly elected occasion president after Karunanidhi’s demise in August 2018. And now, having received the Kolathur seat in Chennai third time in succession, the 68-yr-outdated is able to take over the administration’s reins.
The heir bears the burden of expectation. “It is unfair that Stalin is always compared to his father,” says Elangovan. “Besides being a national colossus, Karunanidhi was a great orator and a writer, which Stalin is not. But the son catches up with his hard work.” Ashok Vardhan Shetty, who labored as a bureaucrat beneath Stalin, concurs. “He has the stamina. He works long hours and tours the state extensively,” says Shetty. “He is also courteous and listens to officials.”
A marketing consultant who labored with Stalin says the downside is he listens to too many individuals, making him indecisive. “A CM has to take a snap decision at times. Stalin can be wavering,” he says. This might