Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Google



Tamil Nadu
News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary |

Tamil Nadu - Chennai Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

Slow and steady rise

V. Jayanth



FELICITATION: Finance Minister K. Anbazhagan greeting M.K. Stalin Local Administration Minister at his chamber in the Secretariat on Saturday. — Photo : M. Vedhan

CHENNAI: Till DMK president M. Karunanidhi met Governor S.S. Barnala and sent in the list of Ministers to be sworn in, it was not sure whether his son and party deputy general secretary M.K. Stalin would make it to the Cabinet.

Apparently, there was some pressure that he could be inducted later to avoid any fallout from the charge of "family politics" hurled at the DMK. But his hard work in the past few years and tireless campaign in the elections must have won him a berth in the Cabinet.

On Saturday, Mr. Stalin was not only sworn in, but was also installed at the Secretariat in the Ministers' chambers. At hand to felicitate him were Finance Minister K. Anbazhagan and Power Minister Arcot N. Veerasamy, who are senior to Mr. Stalin in the ministerial protocol.

Surprisingly, Mr. Stalin has got the Local Administration portfolio. Why? "There is so much to be done in the local bodies. It was the DMK that started the process of empowering the local bodies, and Mr. Stalin wants to push ahead with that exercise," reasons one of his lieutenants. Also, do not forget that he was removed from the office of Chennai Mayor after getting elected for a second term, which was not permissible under the law. So, he becomes the Minister in charge of all civic and local bodies.

Mr. Stalin's has been a slow but steady rise in politics. Born in 1953, he was first elected a legislator in 1989 from Thousand Lights, where he won again in 1996, 2001 and in 2006. Though a resident of Velachery, he continues to represent Thousand Lights, under which comes Gopalapuram, where his father resides. Now that he is a Minister, his performance, both in the Assembly and in office, will come under the scanner. Considered the heir apparent, Mr. Stalin will be watched carefully.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail



Tamil Nadu

News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |


News Update



The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | Sportstar | Frontline | Publications | eBooks | Images | Home |

Copyright 2006, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu