New Delhi: After being elevated as DMK president, MK Stalin on Tuesday attacked Narendra Modi-led government saying Centre is trying to destabilise judiciary, selection of governors. “Today’s political situation has come as a grave challenge. Education, art, literature, religion are under attack by authoritative and communal forces. Union govt is trying to destabilise judiciary, selection of governors. All this has dealt a blow to the secular principles,” Stalin said, while addressing DMK cadres at party headquarters in Chennai.

Earlier in the day, 65-year-old Stalin succeeded his father and later former Tamil Nadu CM as the second president of DMK.  His elevation comes about three weeks after the death of Karunanidhi on August 7 and amidst threats by his elder brother and expelled DMK leader MK Alagiri. Stalin was promoted as party’s working president in January last year.

After party’s General Council meeting held in Chennai, DMK General Secretary K Anbazhagan stated that Stalin was elected unopposed, as he was the sole candidate who had filed nomination for the party chief’s post on August 26.

Founded by CN Annadurai in 1949, DMK was a breakaway faction from the Dravidar Kazhagam that was popularly known as Justice Party until 1944. This political outfit had been headed by Karunanidhi from 1969 until his death.