Stalin to be elected DMK Legislature party leader tomorrow

Chennai : After guiding his party to a resounding win in the April six Tamilnadu Assembly elections, the DMK Legislature Party meeting will be held tomorrow in which Party President M K Stalin will be elected as its leader.

All the newly elected MLAs are requested to attend the meeting at 1800 hrs at DMK headquarters Anna Arivalayam tomorrow without fail, DMK General Secretary Duraimurugan said in a statement on Monday.

At the meeting, Mr Stalin, who catapulted the DMK to power after a gap of ten years, will be elected as the Legislature Party leader. After this, the Chief Minister-designate Stalin will meet Governor Banwarilal Purohit and stake his claim to form the next government.

On the invitation from the Governor, Mr Stalin would be sworn in as the Chief Minister for the first time, heralding DMK’s rule for the sixth term in the State. The DMK-led Front won 159 of the 234 seats, with the DMK getting a simple majority on its own having won 133 seats. Its allies Congress and VCK won 18 and four seats respectively, while CPI and CPI-M bagged two seats each.

The AIADMK -led front bagged the remaining 75 seats–AIADMK (66), PMK (5), BJP (4). Soon after he was declared winner by a margin of over 70,000 votes from Kolathur constituency in the city for a third term in a row, Mr Stalin went to his father M Karunanidhi’s memorial at the Marina, placed the victory certificate and sought his blessings.

He also paid tributes to late leader Annadurai’s memorial there late last night. Later talking to reporters, Mr Stalin said taking into account the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, the swearing-in ceremony of the new DMK government will be a low key affair and will be held at Raj Bhavan.

The date of the swearing-in ceremony will be decided soon after holding discussions with the officials, he said. He said that the DMK’s work would make people, who voted for the combine led by it happy and also make others who did not favour it to ponder as to why “we did not vote for the DMK and its allies.

Mr Stalin also said that he would take immediate steps to implement the promises made in the DMK manifesto, which he termed as the 10-year vision document.

‘People have given a massive mandate for the DMK-led Secular Progressive Alliance in the Assembly polls”, he said and thanked all those who worked towards it.

People have realised that the state has ‘gone deep down’ during the 10-year rule of AIADMK and to correct it, has voted for the DMK and its allies, he said and promised to fulfill the aspirations of the people.

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