M. K. Stalin Wiki, Height, Weight, Age, Family, Caste, Biography & More

Last Updated on August 9, 2021

Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin (born 1 March 1953) is an Indian Tamil politician serving as the 8th and current Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

He is the son of the former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, He has also served as president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party since 28 August 2018. He was the 37th Mayor of Chennai from 1996 to 2002 and Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 2009 to 2011.

M.K. Stalin was placed 30th on the list of India’s Most powerful Personalities in 2019

Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin sticks to his 'Ondriyam' guns, says he will  continue to use term- The New Indian Express
8th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Assumed office
7 May 2021
GovernorBanwarilal Purohit
Preceded byEdappadi K. Palaniswami
1st Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
In office
29 May 2009 – 15 May 2011
GovernorSurjit Singh Barnala
Chief MinisterM. Karunanidhi
Preceded byposition established
Succeeded byO. Panneerselvam
Leader of the Opposition in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
In office
25 May 2016 – 5 May 2021
DeputyDurai Murugan
Chief MinisterJ. JayalalithaaO. PanneerselvamEdappadi K. Palaniswami
Preceded byVijayakanth
Succeeded byEdappadi K. Palaniswami
Minister of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj of Tamil Nadu
In office
13 May 2006 – 15 May 2011
Chief MinisterM. Karunanidhi
Preceded byVeerapandy S. Arumugam
Succeeded byP. Mohan
37th Mayor of Chennai
In office
25 October 1996 – 6 September 2002
Preceded byR. Arumugam
Succeeded byM. Subramaniam
Member of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
23 May 2011
Chief MinisterJ. JayalalithaaO. PanneerselvamEdappadi K. PalaniswamiHimself
Preceded byconstituency established
In office
13 May 1996 – 15 May 2011
Chief MinisterM. KarunanidhiJ. Jayalalithaa
Preceded byK. A. Krishnaswamy
Succeeded byB. Valarmathi
ConstituencyThousand Lights
President of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Assumed office
28 August 2018
General SecretaryK. AnbazhaganDurai Murugan
Preceded byM. Karunanidhi
Acting President of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
In office
4 January 2017 – 28 August 2018
General SecretaryK. Anbazhagan
Preceded byM. Karunanidhi
Treasurer of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
In office
27 December 2008 – 27 August 2018
General SecretaryK. Anbazhagan
Preceded byM. Karunanidhi
Deputy General Secretary of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
In office
General SecretaryK. Anbazhagan
Preceded byM. Karunanidhi
youth wing Secretary of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
In office
General SecretaryK. Anbazhagan
Preceded byM. Karunanidhi
Personal details
BornMuthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin
1 March 1953 (age 68)
Madras, Madras State,
(present-day Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India)
Political partyDravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Spouse(s)Durga Stalin ​(m. 1976)​
ParentsKarunanidhiDayalu Ammal
RelativesKarunanidhi family
Residence25/9, Chittaranjan Road, Alwarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
EducationBachelor of Arts
Alma materPresidency College, Chennai
Nickname(s)MK Stalin

Early life and family

Stalin is the third son of 2nd Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and DMK Chief M. Karunanidhi, and was born to his wife, Dayalu Ammal. Stalin was born in Madras, now Chennai, on 1 March 1953. Karunanidhi was addressing a condolence meeting for Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, who died only four days after his child was born, and thus decided to name his son after Stalin.

Stalin studied at the Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School. He completed a pre-university course at Vivekananda College, and obtained a history degree from Presidency College, Chennai of University of Madras in 1973. M. K. Stalin was conferred Honorary Doctorates by Anna University on August 1, 2009

Stalin married Durga (alias Shantha) on August 20 , 1975 and has two children. His son is Udhayanidhi Stalin, an actor and politician.

Like his father, Stalin has also publicly disclosed that he is an atheist. But he also said that he is not against any religious beliefs.


His political career began in his early teens when he started the DMK Gopalapuram Youth Wing in a tea shop with several friends. As a 14 year old, he campaigned for his uncle, Murasoli Maran, in the 1967 elections In 1973, Stalin was elected to the General committee of the DMK.

He came to limelight when he was jailed in Central Prison, Madras under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) for protesting against the Emergency in 1976. He was beaten up in custody and a fellow DMK prisoner C. Chittibabu died of injuries and police torture while protecting him. He wrote his final year BA exams while in prison. Stalin formed the DMK youth wing. In 1982 Stalin became the youth wing secretary of DMK, a post he held for more than four decades. Stalin with social activist M. B. Nirmal in 1987

Stalin contested the Assembly polls unsuccessfully from Thousand Lights constituency in Chennai. In 1989 Stalin contested Assembly polls from Thousand Lights Constituency again, but won this time. But the DMK government got dismissed in 1991 before completing its full five-year term. He contested for the third time from the same Assembly constituency, but lost to the AIADMK under Jayalalithaa. Again in 1996, Stalin won the election as an MLA from the Thousand Lights constituency.

In 2011 Stalin changed his constituency for the first time in his political career, moving from Thousand Lights to Kolathur constituency on the outskirts of Chennai city.

Mayor of Chennai

Stalin became the city’s first directly elected mayor in 1996. He privatised conservancy operations in the city and constructed nine flyovers and coined a pet project called Singara Chennai (Beautiful Chennai), lauded for improving Chennai’s infrastructure. Popularly known as Managara Thanthai (father of the city). Stalin was reelected mayor in 2001. However, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa enacted the Tamil Nadu Municipal Laws (Amendment) Act, in 2002, which prevents a person from holding two elected posts in the government. This law was applied retroactively to Stalin’s case (he was elected Thousand Lights MLA) in a move widely seen as aimed at removing him as Chennai’s mayor. However, the Madras High Court struck down the law stating that legislative bodies were not “prevented” from making laws affecting the “substantive rights” of persons retrospectively. However, the court held that under Madras (now Chennai) City Municipal Corporation Act, 1919, a person cannot be mayor for two consecutive terms, though unlike Stalin, earlier mayors were not directly elected. Stalin did not appeal in the Supreme Court. In 2003, Stalin became Deputy General Secretary of the DMK

Deputy Chief Minister

In the 2006 Assembly Elections, the DMK regained control of the state assembly, partly due to Stalin’s efforts. Stalin became the Minister for Rural Development and Local Administration in the Government of Tamil Nadu and retained this office throughout his term. During his tenure, he developed his skills as an administrator, helping to strengthen self-help groups in the state. In 2008, he became treasurer of DMK.

On 29 May 2009, Stalin was nominated as Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by Governor Surjit Singh Barnala.

On 3 January 2013, Karunanidhi named Stalin as his heir apparent, thus ending a long time confusion about who would take over the party reins after Karunanidhi’s death.

Opposition leader]

During the 2016 Assembly election, Stalin went on a statewide tour titled Namakku Naame to appeal to the youth. Stalin won the Kolathur constituency and was appointed as the opposition leader. In 2017, Stalin went on another Namakku Naame tour. In 2018, his father Karunanidhi died, leaving Stalin the president of the DMK. Stalin with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his father M. Karunanidhi’s funeral in 2018

Secular Progressive Alliance (2019 general election – present)

M.K. Stalin formed the Secular Progressive Alliance in Tamil Nadu under the national United Progressive Alliance and led the alliance in 2019 general election in the state. The Secular Progressive Alliance won 39 out of 40 Parliament seats, and 12 out of 21 in the Assembly by-election, with 52% of the vote. It was his first victory since taking charge as DMK President.

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

In the 2021 Assembly elections, Stalin led the campaign for the Secular Progressive Alliance. They won 159 seats out 234, with the DMK itself winning an absolute majority with 132 seats. Stalin took his oath as chief minister on 7 May 2021 along with the rest of his cabinet.

In June 2021, CM Stalin announced that the law ministry will review the legal cases filed by the previous government. The Tamil Nadu government under Stalin withdrew legal cases against the press and the protestors seeking the repeal of the three farm laws promulgated by the Union government, Citizenship Amendment Act, methane extraction, neutrino project, Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant and the Chennai-Salem Expressway project.

Elections contested

ElectionsConstituencyPartyResultVote percentageOpposition CandidateOpposition PartyOpposition vote percentage
1984 Tamil Nadu state assembly electionThousand LightsDMKLost47.94K.A. KrishnaswamyAIADMK50.44
1989 Tamil Nadu state assembly electionThousand LightsDMKWon50.59Thambidurai SSRADK JL30.05
1991 Tamil Nadu state assembly electionThousand LightsDMKLost39.19K.A. KrishnaswamyAIADMK56.5
1996 Tamil Nadu state assembly electionThousand LightsDMKWon69.72Zeenath SheriffdeenAIADMK22.95
2001 Tamil Nadu state assembly electionThousand LightsDMKWon51.41S. SekarTMC43.78
2006 Tamil Nadu state assembly electionThousand LightsDMKWon46.0Adi RajaramAIADMK43.72
2011 Tamil Nadu state assembly electionKolathurDMKWon47.7Saidai Sa. DuraisamyAIADMK45.78
2016 Tamil Nadu state assembly electionKolathurDMKWon54.3J.C.D.PrabhakarAIADMK31.8
2021 Tamil Nadu state assembly electionKolathurDMKWon60.86Aadhi RajaramAIADMK20.27
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