DMK president MK Stalin’s control over the party is now absolute. On Sunday, the general council of DMK amended its by-law, giving what the party men describe as ‘additional’ powers to Stalin. The amendment would allow the party president to make all decisions instead of the general secretary.
Incidentally, the party preferred to keep the empowerment of Stalin a low key affair as the official communique of DMK was restricted to the special resolution on Constitution and 20 other resolutions on various issues adopted by the general council. A party leader, who did not wish to named said the decision was internal and it would be communicated to the cadre through Monday’s edition of Murasoli.
Rajya Sabha MP P Wilson, who is also the chairman of the by-law amendment committee of the DMK, unsurprisingly, called it a decision that would embellish the position of the party president, while proposing the decision to vest ‘additional’ powers on Stalin.
Meanwhile, the party has also put on hold its plans to make other key organisational changes like creating new deputy general secretaries and reorganising the party hierarchy till the local body elections get over.
Ready to admit transgenders, NRIs
The general council, which resolved to admit transgenders and NRIs into the party, declared that functionaries would continue in their existing posts till civic body elections and organisational polls would be completed before the end of the year.
Long time district secretaries like KN Nehru, K Ponmudi and EV Velu might have to wait a while for their elevation in the party. Like civic polls, party insiders also attributed the delay to poor showing in the recent Assembly bypolls, which gave a reason for Stalin to sound caution to his functionaries at the Sunday meet.
An annoyed Stalin cautioned his general council members not to feel impervious. Referring to treasurer Duraimurugan’s remark about factionalism, Stalin said that factionalism should contribute to the wellbeing of the party. “Some people think that they could not be controlled. Be it a high-level committee member, district secretary or any other functionary, I would like to remind them that the party stands firm because of the lakhs of cadre.”
“Only a few thousand people can become general council members, a few hundred executive committee members or less than hundred district secretaries or 10 high level committee members. But, do they only constitute the party? Beyond the posts, the lakhs of cadre keep the party robust,” Stalin said, before cautioning that those people who do not accept the criticism levelled in the general council and mend their ways would be disciplined.
- The general council condemned the Centre for keeping political leaders in Kashmir in detention and turning the state in to a huge prison
- Conduct local body elections in state immediately
- Adopt permanent measures to end drinking water crisis in Chennai
- Condemned the AIADMK regime for unilaterally subscribing to the policies of the ruling BJP
- Listed out the corruption charges faced by AIADMK ministers
- Condemned the BJP-led Centre for making institutions like CBI and ED a puppet and helping cover up the corruptions of the AIADMK regime
- Repeal the National Draft Education Policy
- Release of the seven Rajiv case convicts
- Resolved to urge the Centre to focus on sinking economy
- Advised the Centre and state govts to expedite Keezhadi excavations