While CPI general secretary Sudhakar Reddy said democratic and Left forces had an important role to play and the birthday meeting of Karunanidhi was a "political summit at a national level", party MP D. Raja said the time had come for the Marxists and leaders of the Dravidian movement to walk shoulder to shoulder against communalism.
It was a function attended by top leaders including Rahul Gandhi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to honour DMK Chief Karunanidhi, but the man of the moment was himself absent due to health issues.
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"One day we will speak about Stalin as we speak about Karunanidhi today", he said.
Chennai: As DMK chief M Karunanidhi turns 94 today, his birthday party will serve as a gathering for more than one cause.
The tough electoral battle Karunanidhi faced was in 1991 when he was the lone DMK candidate to win, but by a thin margin of just over 800 votes in Harbour as the AIADMK-Congress combine swept the polls on the sympathy wave following the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Sriperumbudur.
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Nationalist Congress Party's Majeed Memon said Karunanidhi's presence is needed to fight the undeclared emergency in the country, when the winds of fascism and communalism are trying to divide it.
When Telengana and Andhra Pradesh came into being this month four years ago, the UPA Government was at the Center and opposition leaders like Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha had demanded special package for 10 years but the NDA government after coming to power forgot the demand, a Congress leader alleged.
He said by going to the people, political parties can change the discourse of the polity. He said every leader on the dais were absolutely convinced that wisdom and knowledge lay with the people.
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