Nitish Praises Karunanidhi, Predicts Stalin Will Form Next Govt.
Chennai: As expected, a galaxy of leaders from non-BJP parties attended DMK supremo M Karunanidhi’s birthday celebrations as he turned 94 on Saturday. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Omar Abdullah, D Raja, Sitaram Yechury and many prominent political leaders gathered in Chennai.
Speaking at a function organised to mark 60 years of Karunanidhi’s service as a legislator to Tamil Nadu Assembly, Nitish Kumar expressed confidence that DMK leader MK Stalin would form the next government in Tamil Nadu. Stressing on the poll promise of DMK, he suggested Stalin implement his father M Karunanidhi’s promises, particularly on liquor.
Saying that banning of liquor has reaped great benefits in Bihar including a plunge in cases of domestic violence and crime rate, he suggested Stalin be determined to implement it.
As Karunanidhi was ailing, the leaders called on him at his residence. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief did not attend the function due to health issues.
Recalling an interview by Karunanidhi, where the Dravidian leader had said that if prohibition was possible in Bihar, it could be replicated in Tamil Nadu, the Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish hailed Karuna for his steps towards ensuring social justice.
“Prohibition will benefit and strengthen the social justice movement. Prohibition is important,” he said.
Having successfully implemented prohibition in his state after the grand alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress won the 2015 Bihar polls, Kumar listed out several benefits of the move.
Referring to a galaxy of leaders seated on the dais, Nitish said that was a proof of Karunanidhi’s influence on national politics.
“We see that representatives have come from different parties and parts of the country and this shows the respect Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) commands in Indian politics,” he said.
Heaping praise on Karunanidhi, Nitish recalled his contribution towards the welfare of various sections of the population particularly OBCs and women.
He specifically praised the DMK chief’s role in implementing Mandal Commission recommendations on OBC reservation.