Move Over Putin, TN’s Stalin Is Out to Prove He Is A ‘Fit’ Leader

A picture of Stalin’s back, where he can be seen flexing his triceps, has however raised eyebrows.

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A photo of DMK working president MK Stalin during his training session. 
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DMK working President MK Stalin is 64 years old, a fact that very few would have guessed from his appearance. And now, he is out to prove that he is not only young in appearance but also Tamil Nadu's resident 'tough guy'.

The latest set of videos that have taken the internet by storm show the DMK leader doing bench presses and lifting weights as his instructor counts on. Dressed in a black vest and grey shorts, Stalin's face remains stoic as he lifts the dumb bell. While he is doing the bench press, a popular Tamil song, surprisingly melodic in nature, can be heard in the background.

But it’s the picture of Stalin's back where he can be seen flexing his triceps that has really raised many an eyebrow. While this imagery is common at gyms and even men's pageants, it is usually meant to create a striking image with bulging muscles.

Move Over Putin, TN’s Stalin Is Out to Prove He Is A ‘Fit’ Leader
(Photo: The News Minute)

Stalin is not the first politician to have videos of workout doing the rounds on the internet. Across the globe it is a common phenomenon, one which even Russian President Vladimir Putin has used to his advantage.

It is no secret that Putin revels in his strongman image and visuals of him lifting heavy weights, swimming and riding horses have added to his perceived of a ‘strong’ and ‘masculine’ leader. Even former President of the United State, Barack Obama features in multiple videos and has been hailed for staying fit despite a gruelling work schedule.

As for Tamil Nadu's very own MK Stalin, the 64-year-old makes it clear from these pictures that he won't be left behind in the race to be a 'fit' leader for the masses.

(This story was first published on The News Minute and has been republished with permission.)

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