Kanimozhi lavishly praised on MK Stalin’s wisdom and calm leadership today, as she explained how he dealt with the Tamil Nadu government’s denial of a funeral at Marina Beach for their father, the late Muthuvel Karunanidhi.
Kanimozhi, daughter of departed DMK leader M.Karunanidhi a Rajya Sabha MP, said his elder brother Stalin was “very worried” whether he could fulfill their father’s wish to be buried at the Anna memorial.
Narrating the incident she added her brother “would constantly speak to senior leaders in DMK and reached out to the government regarding our father’s burial,” she said today in a moving speech.
Stalin also met Chief Minister EK Palaniswami to seek permission for a burial at the Anna memorial, she said.
When the government rejected the DMK’s requests, “everyone in the party was very upset. We were angry,” she said. “We wanted to protest in front of Marina.”
But she added her brother Stalin was calm, and believed the matter should be dealt with in a legal manner, she said, pointing out that if he’d called for a protest at Marina, people would have been inconvenienced and violence would have broken out.
In the end, Karunanidhi was buried with full state honours at the iconic Chennai beach. In fact, he was laid to rest at the memorial dedicated to his mentor, CN Annadurai. But that happened only after the Madras High Court overruled the state government.
Stalin, who was at Rajaji Hall when he learned of the court’s decision, broke down.
Stalin, 65, was the working president of the DMK today, he became the leader of the DMK the position Karunanidhi himself held.
Stalin was elected party president unopposed and this makes his brother Alagiri chances for reentry to the Grand old party permanently closed imbibes political analysts