Soon after taking charge as the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief, MK Stalin launched a hard hitting attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Union government. Describing the present political scenario as a 'grave challenge', Stalin accused the Centre of trying to destabilisde judiciary and 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," Stalin said in his first address to party workers as DMK president in Chennai.
"The Union government is trying to destabilise judiciary, selection of governors. All this has dealt a blow to the secular principle," he added.
Earlier, Stalin was elected unopposed as president of the DMK heralding a new era in Tamil Nadu's opposition party that was led by his father, the late M Karunanidhi, for nearly five decades.
Stalin, 65, who is the second president of the DMK, was the only candidate to file his nomination for the party chief's post on August 26.
Stalin's elevation, about three weeks after the death of Karunanidhi on August 7, comes amid threats by his elder brother and expelled DMK leader M K Alagiri that the party will have to face "consequences" if he is not re-admitted into its fold.
Party patriarch Karunanidhi became the first president of the DMK in 1969.