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DMK plans to catapult Stalin to the national leadership with inauguration of Delhi office

Chennai, March 28 (BPNS)

The DMK which is the third-largest party in the loksabha after the BJP and Congress is trying to catapult party president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin into the national scenario by making the inauguration of the party Delhi office on April 2 into a major event.

DMK parliamentary party leader and former Union minister, T.R. Baalu had already handed over the invitation of the programme to BJP president, J.P. Nadda, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Union Home Minister, Amit Shah and other senior leaders. The invitation given to Amit Shah who had earlier refused to meet the delegation of DMK parliamentarians regarding the NEET issue has raised several eyebrows.

Party State Organising secretary, R.S. Bharathi however said that the invitation extended to Amit Shah was a natural process and was a courtesy call. He said that even AIADMK leaders were invited to the function.

It is not a secret that Stalin has been nursing national ambitions and planning to head a regional coalition against the BJP led NDA in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. While Telangana Chief Minister, K. Chandrashekhar Rao and West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee has been conducting whirlwind tours across the country meeting regional leaders for a possible alternative to the BJP led NDA at the Centre, Stalin has an advantage with the Congress supporting the DMK leader.

The DMK top brass including T.R. Baalu is planning the Delhi region office inauguration of the party a major event so that Stalin is catapulted to the national stage. It may be recalled that Stalin’s father and late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Kalignar Karunanidhi had entered into political relationship with both the NDA and UPA earlier and T.R. Baalu has been one of the major architects in these shrewd political moves.

It is to be seen how the move of the DMK will fructify to push Stalin as an alternate regional leader as there are several other players who are nursing national ambitions.

Political commentator and Director of Madurai based think tank, Socio-Economic Development Front, Dr. R. Padmanabhan while speaking to BPNS said, “Stalin has all the right to be projected as an alternative to the BJP at the centre but it is to be seen as to how the nation as a whole accept a regional party leader from South of India. The DMK party inauguration is indeed a show of strength and networking at New Delhi and is worth a try.”