National leaders in Chennai for Karunanidhi memorial meet

National leaders in Chennai for Karunanidhi memorial meet

The DMK’s conference in Chennai later today will acknowledge the contributions of late patriarch M Karunanidhi in the presence of a galaxy of political influencers from both the national parties and chiefs of regional parties.

A host of national leaders, including former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and senior Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad, are visiting Chennai today (August 30) to participate in the meeting organised by the DMK to commemorate the party patriarch M Karunanidhi who passed away on August 7.

Several leaders are expected to participate in city for the event, including Chief Ministers Nitish Kumar, Arvind Kejriwal, N Chandrababu Naidu and V Narayanaswamy. NCP’s Sharad Pawar, National Congress’ Farooq Abdullah, TMC’s Derek O’Brien, CPM’s Sitaram Yechury and Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy will also be in attendance.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Muralidhar Rao will be representing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at a memorial meeting for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) former supremo M Karunanidhi on Thursday, said the party. This puts an end to the speculation over party president Amit Shah’s attendance.

The invite to BJP came as a suprise for many especially after the new DMK chief MK Stalin was categorically critical of Narendra Modi in his coronation speech. Stalin had said that the BJP is polarising the country on religious lines and urged DMK workers to throw out the Narendra Modi government out of power in 2019.

“This is an apolitical meeting. We had specifically made it a point to send invitations without any preference or priority to any political party,” said TKS Elangovan, Rajya Sabha MP for the DMK, and a senior leader within the party.