India’s Own ‘Stalin’ Poised to Claim Victory in Tamil Nadu Elections

Occasionally Indians name their sons after the Soviet communist leaders Stalin and Lenin; the names are most popular in the states of West Bengal, Kerala, and Tripura, where, historically, communist parties have held strong positions.

A politician bearing the name of the infamous communist leader Joseph Stalin, who led the Soviet Union from 1927 until his death in 1953, is heading towards an election win in southern India.

Judging by exit polls, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party, led by M.K. Stalin, is set to claim power in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu by a wide margin on Friday.

The party’s president was named after the Georgian revolutionary and General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Stalin, whose actual first name was Iosif (Joseph) Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili.

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