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Tamil Nadu Governor Barnala lauds Karunanidhis contributions

Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala today lauded Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi for his contributions to the state in over 50 years of public service.

Chennai, May 11 : Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala today lauded Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi for his contributions to the state in over 50 years of public service.

Delivering a special address in the State Assembly in the historic Fort St George complex, Barnala led a galaxy of political leaders in showering encomiums on Karunanidhi, a man who had set an unparalleled record of winning all the 11 Assembly elections that he had contested.

Describing the octogenarian as the "people's Chief Minister," Barnala said he should be seen as a role model for members of legislatures at all times.

"We have seen many types of Golden Jubilee celebrations. The only person in India who has seen a golden jubilee in legislature through 50 years of democracy is Karunanidhi. This goes to prove that he is a great genius as far as the philosophy of democracy is concerned," he said in a felicitation address at the House.

The function which marked the commencement of the two-day celebrations, was attended by members of all legislature parties except the main opposition AIADMK and its ally MDMK. Union Ministers belonging to the DMK, party MPs and former MLAs were also present as special invitees.

Stating that he knew Karunanidhi for nearly four decades, Barnala said he had stood firm during difficult times and had undergone trials and tribulations for the cause of Tamils and Tamil Nadu.

PMK president G K Mani said Karunanidhi always fought for social justice, which was also the basic ideal of PMK. When the Vanniya community held agitations demanding separate reservation, Karunanidhi created the Most Backward Community category and provided 20 per cent reservation, he said.

CPI-M floor leader C Govindasamy said Karunanidhi lost power while protecting his principles in 1976. He was dismissed that year due to his strong opposition to Emergency. His speech in Tamil Nadu assembly against Emergency was later published as a book-- Vaalum Kedayamum (sword and shield)-- which was an inspiration to those who fought for democracy at that time, he said.

During the Emergency, Karunanidhi provided shelter to CPI-M activists and leaders in the state and the party would always remember that. When the DMK leaders and cadres were subjected to oppression by the Congress government during the anti-Hindi agitation in 1965, the party supported the DMK's struggle, he recalled.

CPI leader Sivapunniyam said Karunanidhi's hardwork was unmatched and even his severe critics lauded him for this quality.

DPI leader K Selvam said Karunanidhi was a staunch follower of Periyar, and therefore, had to be subject to the 'conspiracies' of the affluent sections of the society.


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