DMK has exhorted its cadres to work towards making party patriarch M Karunanidhi’s 94th birthday, which marks the diamond jubilee of his legislative career, on June 3 a turning point in the country’s politics.
In an epistle, Stalin made the appeal as the party gears up for the celebrations for which it has invited several political leaders, including Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad.
As a shrewd strategist, the DMK leader took control of the party after the demise of founder Annadurai, outmanoeuvring university-educated second line leaders, including V R Nedunchezhian.
In power, Karunanidhi implemented schemes that are close to the heart of communists. “He achieved with a drop of ink what we could not with blood,” said communist leader Manali Kandasamy, commenting on the DMK government’s move on land reforms.
Stalin, the Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, hailed Karunanidhi as “a leader who has worked for the development of the Tamil society for 80 long years without respite”.
“Let us make the celebrations a turning point in Indian politics. Let Tamil Nadu’s capital city turn a sea of black and red (the colours of DMK’s flag) and its reverberations reach New Delhi,” he said, asking party workers to gather in large numbers in Chennai on June 3.