DMK MPs reach Chennai, meet Stalin, visit Karunanidhi memorial

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M K Stalin today led the party’s MPs and MLAs to Karunanidhi’s memorial on Chennai’s Marina.

The group walked on the Marina promenade with Stalin, Kanimozhi, Dayanidhi and TR Baalu leading the march. They placed wreaths at former Chief Ministers Anna and Karunanidhi’s memorials on the Marina, amidst slogans like ‘Thalabathiyin thalabathiye’ (Chief’s Chief), ‘Ezhundhu va’ (rise and come) and so on.

The DMK with 23 MPs will be the third largest political party in the lower house of the Parliament, an honour that the AIADMK enjoyed between 2014 and 2019 with 37 MPs.

Closely followed by the DMK is the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC and Andhra Pradesh’s YSR Congress which have a strength of 22 members each.

After an impressive show in the recent hustings – be it the general elections or the State by-polls – the DMK leaders and cadres are upbeat.

The DMK alliance bagged 38 of the 39 MP seats it contested in Tamilnadu and Puducherry and in the by-elections to the State Assembly, it lead the tally with 13 seats.

Meanwhile, this is a defeat for Congressmen and not Congress as a party, said Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president K S Alagiri this morning.

Speaking to mediapersons at the airport this morning before emplaning for Delhi, he tried to reason out the causes for the party’s rout in the 2019 general elections.