New Delhi, Aug 14: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president MK Stalin, who held a meeting of its executive committee to condole the death of party chief Kalaignar M Karunanidhi, today alleged that the Centre was responsible for creating a rift in the party. On MK Alagiri challenging Stalin for party leadership, the latter, as well as DMK executive council member Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan, said the Central government was trying to create a split in the party and asked the party members to stick together so that the party stays united. (Also Read: Alagiri a ‘Dada’, Stalin no Saint But DMK Will Support Him For All His Work: Swamy) Also Read - Tamil Nadu Issues Fresh Lockdown Guidelines: How to Get E-pass For Interstate Travel? Step-by-step Guide Here

It must be noted that the decision to elevate Stalin as the party president is likely to be deferred to the party general council meeting next month. However, senior party leader Durai Murugan and former union minister TR Balu backed Stalin for the top party post. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Intensifies Lockdown Norms: Essential Shops to Open Only For 4 Hours | Full List of Guidelines Here

While addressing the party gathering today, MK Stalin praised Karunanidhi said they had lost their beloved leader but he lost his father too. Stalin said it was his dream to form a government while Karunanidhi was alive but sadly, it remained unfulfilled. (Also Read: DMK Refuses to Comment on Alagiri’s Remark on MK Stalin, Says It’s Waste of Time to Even React) Also Read - Full Lockdown in Tamil Nadu to be Further Intensified, Assembly Leaders Agree At All-Party Meet

The DMK leader also spoke about the working of the current state government and how he had to beg CM Vijayan for giving a burial place at the Marina Beach for the late leader. An emotional Stalin added that had the burial not taken place, he would have been the person to be buried along with their leader. He credited lawyers with the success of getting a proper burial for Karunanidhi at the Marina Beach. 

Stalin also added that he couldn’t imagine running the party without his father Karunanidhi.