M. K. Stalin

M. K. Stalin
மு.க. ஸ்டாலின்
M. K. Stalin
Member of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
Constituency Kolathur
Incumbent
Assumed office
2011
Personal details
Born March 1, 1953 (1953-03-01) (age 58)
Madras, Madras State, India
Political party DMK
Spouse(s) Durga alias Saantha
Children Udhayanidhi Stalin

Senthamarai

Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Website www.mkstalin.net

Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin (Tamil: மு.க. ஸ்டாலின்) (born March 1, 1953) is an Indian politician and former actor, better known as M. K. Stalin. He is the third son of famous politician of Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi, and was born to his second wife, Mrs. Dayalu Ammal and was named after Joseph Stalin. Stalin completed his graduation in history from Nandanam Arts College, Chennai in University of Madras.[1] Stalin became the Minister for Rural Development and Local Administration in the Government of Tamil Nadu after the 2006 assembly elections. On 29 May 2009, Stalin was nominated as Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by Governor Surjit Singh Barnala.[2] His elder brother M.K. Azhagiri is the Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers. His half-sister Kanimozhi is a Rajya Sabha member.[3]

Stalin also served as Deputy CM and serves as Youth Wing President of the DMK.


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Political career

Former Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister of Tamilnadu M.K.Stalin was born in Madras, now Chennai. His political career began when as a 14-year old, he campaigned in the 1967 elections. In 1973 Stalin was elected to the General committee of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).

He came to limelight when he was jailed under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) for protesting against the Emergency.[4] Stalin has been elected four times to the Tamil Nadu Assembly since 1989 from the Thousand Lights constituency in Chennai. Stalin became the city's first directly elected Mayor in 1996.[5]

Stalin was reelected Mayor in 2001,[6] however, the then Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa enacted the Tamil Nadu Municipal Laws (Amendment) Act, 2002, a law that prevents a person from holding two elected posts in the government. This law was applied retrospectively to Stalin's case (he was elected MLA) in a move widely seen as aimed at removing as Chennai's Mayor.[7] However the Madras High Court struck down the law stating that legislative bodies were not “prevented” from making laws affecting the “substantive rights” of persons retrospectively. However, the court held under Madras (now Chennai) City Municipal Corporation Act, 1919, a person cannot be Mayor for two consecutive terms though unlike Stalin earlier mayor were not directly elected. Stalin did not appeal in the Supreme Court.[8]

Stalin has been arrested several times on various public issues since he was first arrested in 1975 under MISA, which is close to terrorism and goondas act. severe physical punishment has been imposed on him previously. Karunanidhi midnight arrest in which Karunanidhi, Stalin, Maran, and others were arrested and charged in the flyover scam. This was widely considered to be an act of political vendetta,[9] as the FIR or police complaint was lodged on Friday night and the arrests were carried out only a few hours later on Saturday morning.[10] While the arrests took place in 2001, the chargesheet was only filed in court four years later, in 2005.[11]

In Tamil Nadu, Stalin played a crucial role in the campaigning and the eventual victory of the DMK-Allied-United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in the 2009 general election.</ref>

Dynasty controversy

Opponents of the DMK, some political observers and the DMK party's senior-most members criticise that Karunanidhi is trying to promote Stalin as an attempt to start a political dynasty along the lines of the Nehru-Gandhi family. Vaiko, who quit the DMK, has been the most vocal and some political observers see it as a move to sideline Vaiko as he was seen as threat to Stalin.

However, DMK sources and those who have watched the political upheaval of the 1970s and 1980s deny this and say Stalin has come up on his own merit. They say that Stalin has faced a lot of hardship since 1975 when he was jailed under MISA. He was beaten up in jail so brutally during the Emergency that a fellow DMK Party prisoner died trying to save him.[12]

Stalin was an MLA in 1989 and 1996 when his father Karunanidhi was the Chief Minister but he was not inducted into the Cabinet. He contested and became Chennai's 44th mayor but the first directly elected Mayor in 1996. It was only in his fourth term as MLA that he was made a Minister in the Karunanidhi cabinet and his rise is slow and steady. They further point out that Karunanidhi has even expelled his other sons M.K. Muthu and M.K. Azhagiri when they were guilty of wrongdoing.[13] He won in election 2011 as an MLA.

Film career

He has acted in a few Tamil movies during the 1980s. He has also acted in television serials on Sun TV during the mid-1990s.

See also

He performed in movies like 'Ore Ratham'.

References

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