The General Council of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Wednesday appointed party treasurer M.K. Stalin as the working president of the party.
Stalin's appointment comes close on the heels of another power shift that took place in Tamil Nadu's ruling party AIADMK where Sasikala Natarajan took reins as party's general secretray after the demise of the then chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
Party Supremo M Karunanidhi, who was recently hospitalised twice, will remain president, but his son Stalin will enjoy similar powers and be in complete charge.
Nearly 3,000 members of the general council met at the party headquarters here.
Party general secretary K Anbazhagan presided over the meeting.
Karunanidhi didn't attend the meeting as doctors, who checked him at his Gopalapuram residence in the morning, advised him to take rest.
The former chief minister has been in and out of hospital in the last six weeks necessitating this handing over of the baton.