Clad in a white shirt, dhoti and his trademark yellow shawl, the 93-year old five-time Tamil Nadu chief minister went around the exhibition at the daily’s office premises on his wheelchair.
DMK president M Karunanidhi was hospitalised on Wednesday to undergo a minor endoscopic procedure. He was admitted to Kauvery hospital in Alwarpet, Chennai, this morning and will be discharged from hospital later today.
Karunanidhi Birthday turns Opposition Unity Platform.
DMK leaders are celebrating its chief M Karunandhi’s 94 birthday as well as his diamond jubilee in Tamil Nadu Assembly.
Karunanidhi’s son and DMK Working President M K Stalin were among those who met Karunanidhi early in the day to greet him.
Karunanidhi, who has avoided public events for the past few months due to health issues, was continuing his medical treatment well and if permitted by doctors, he might take part in the celebrations, Stalin said.
The event is meant to mark Karunanidhi’s diamond jubilee of entry into Tamil Nadu Assembly and it will not be a platform for the non-NDA parties to discuss the Presidential polls due in July, DMK Working President M K Stalin said.
The communication from Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni to Karunanidhi said telecast/broadcast of all political advertisement in all electronic form should be “stopped 48 hours before the day of close of poll.”
In an interview to PTI, the veteran Dravidian leader said that the parties projecting themselves as alternatives to both DMK and AIADMK will not be able to split anti-incumbency votes and claimed they could affect the ruling party’s prospect.
Alagiri’s disappearance from the poll scene has left many of his supporters in southern Tamil Nadu in a fix.
The issue of Karunanidhi passing the baton to a successor has been a subject of unending debate in DMK.
If V S Achuthanandan is spearheading the CPM comeback campaign in Kerala, M Karunanidhi is doing the same for the DMK in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
“If farmers have to prosper, DMK has to come to power. If Tamil Nadu should get industries and youths jobs, DMK has to come to power,” Kanimozhi said.
Power Minister Piyush Goyal at a public meeting in Delhi had said he was unable to meet the Chief Minister or the state ministers during the last 22 months of his tenure.
Vaiko alleged that the DMK had offered Rs 500 crore and 80 seats to Vijayakanth to join their alliance.