DMK’s Karunanidhi names Stalin his po­lit­i­cal suc­ces­sor Sec­ond-round ques­tion papers leaked: Par­ents

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DMK pa­tri­arch M Karunanidhi has named his younger son MK Stalin as his po­lit­i­cal heir in an in­ter­view to a Tamil magazine, po­ten­tially set­tling the long-stand­ing suc­ces­sion bat­tle in one of the most pow­er­ful po­lit­i­cal fam­i­lies. The an­nounce­ment, con­tained in his an­swer to one of the ques­tions by Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan that hit the stands on Thurs­day, could also widen the rift be­tween Stalin and his el­der brother MK Ala­giri. “… It would be apt that Stalin is my suc­ces­sor be­cause of his hard work, ded­i­ca­tion and sense of pur­pose. Stalin has proved him­self that he is the fu­ture of the DMK,” Karunanidhi said.

Ques­tion papers for the sec­ond round of com­pe­tency tests — to as­sess math and first lan­guage skills of stu­dents from Classes 1 to 8 — held on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, were leaked in dif­fer­ent parts of the city, ac­cord­ing to par­ents.

They com­plained to the state ed­u­ca­tion board that the papers were be­ing sold to stu­dents be­fore the exam for Rs20 to Rs30 in shops at By­culla, Agri­pada and Nag­pada .

Although the depart­ment is prob­ing the leaks, ed­u­ca­tion ac­tivists wrote to chief min­is­ter De­van­dra Fad­navis on Thurs­day de­mand­ing changes in the way the tests are con­ducted. They were in­tro­duced last year by ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Vinod Tawde to iden­tify learn­ing lev­els of stu­dents in Ma­ha­rash­tra schools.

Three rounds of tests are sched­uled this year — one was held in July and the next will be in April.

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