"Stalin himself doesn't want to become Chief Minister. He wants DMK President (Karunanidhi) to become Chief Minister. I have never lost (an election) since 1957. Therefore, if I win, it will be the sixth time (as Chief Minister)," the 91-year-old veteran politician told NDTV.
Responding to a question if he will pave the way for youngsters in the party in the event of DMK winning the elections, Karunanidhi asserted that he will lead the government if his party is voted back to power in coming elections and that DMK Treasurer Stalin was "among the first" who wanted him to be the Chief Minister.
Asked what he had to say to those in the party who wanted 63-year-old Stalin to be given an opportunity (as Chief Minister), Karunanidhi quipped "if he has to get a chance (then) nature has to do something to me."
The issue of Karunanidhi passing the baton to a successor has been a subject of unending debate in DMK.
Though Stalin has often been referred to as Karunanidhi's political heir apparent, with the party patriarch himself dropping enough hints, he still has not been elevated to the top post. He was Deputy Chief Minister in the previous DMK government.
Stalin has often found his Madurai-based elder brother M K Alagiri, who was expelled from DMK for anti-party activities, also vying for the top post.
At the height of power tussle in DMK's first family, Alagiri had once famously remarked that the party was not a 'mutt' where a senior pontiff could appoint a successor.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:57 PM