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No alliance with Congress or BJP, says Karunanidhi

M-KarunanidhiChennai, Dec 20 : DMK president M. Karunanidhi Friday clarified that he had announced at the party's general council meeting that they will not align with the Congress or Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP).

Karunanidhi, addressing the party's general council meeting Sunday, had said that DMK will not have an alliance with either the Congress or the BJP.

He said in a statement issued here Friday that despite his announcement to media, some supporters of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi or Congress' sympathisers were deliberately twisting his statement in favour of their respective parties.

Karunanidhi: Grand old man of Tamil politics is 90

M-KarunanidhiChennai, June 3 : M. Karunanidhi, former Tamil Nadu chief minister, DMK president and one of India's most senior politicians, turned 90 Monday.

Karunanidhi began the day by cutting a birthday cake at his residence in Gopalapuram area here with close aides and family members cheering him on. He also planted a tree at his other residence in CIT Colony here.

As is his usual practice on birthdays, Karunanidhi paid tributes at the memorials of DMK founder and fomer chief minister C. N. Annadurai and E. V. K. Periyar, who founded the Dravida Kazhagam from which the DMK emerged.

To consult lawyers on wife's appearance in CBI court: Karunanidhi

M-KarunanidhiChennai, June 1 : DMK president M. Karunanidhi said Saturday he would consult lawyers and chart out a course of action over the personal appearance of his wife Dayalu Ammal before a CBI court.

The special CBI court hearing the 2G spectrum allocation case in New Delhi had Friday dismissed the application of Dayalu Ammal seeking exemption from personal appearance, and directed her to appear before it July 8.

Speaking to reporters here, Karunanidhi said: "As the court's order is not final, what should be done will have to be decided after discussions with lawyers."

India should boycott CHOGM: Karunanidhi

KarunanidhiChennai, May 10 : DMK president M. Karunanidhi Friday said India should not only boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) slated to be held in Sri Lanka later this year but also gather the support of other countries to prevent the summit from being held in the island nation.

"India should understand the feelings of all the Tamils and chart out its strategy accordingly," Karunanidhi said in a statement issued here.

Coal mine probe should be honest: Karunanidhi

m-karunanidhiChennai, April 27 : DMK president M. Karunanidhi said Saturday everything relating to the investigation in the coal mine allocation scam should be done in an honest manner.

"My view is that everything should be honestly done," he told reporters.

He was replying to the question about the submission made by the director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to the Supreme Court that union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar had vetted its draft report.

Karunanidhi asks: How would minister mislead prime minister?

KarunanidhiChennai, April 19  : DMK president M. Karunanidhi Friday wondered how one could believe that a prime minister could be misled by his minister, referring to the draft report of the joint parliamentary committee
(JPC) on the 2G spectrum allocation.

Speaking to reporters here, Karunanidhi asked: "How could it be believed that a minister misled the prime minister?"

The draft report of the JPC, circulated among the members Thursday, has blamed DMK's A. Raja, the former telecom minister, for the spectrum allocation while clearing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.

Jayalalithaa flays Karunanidhi

j-jayalalithaChennai, March 19 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.  Jayalaltihaa Tuesday ridiculed DMK leader M.  Karunanidhi for quitting the UPA, saying he should have done this in 2009 when the LTTE was crushed.

She accused Karunanidhi of covering up his earlier blunder when he failed to act when Colombo militarily crushed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

"The plan of Karunanidhi will not succeed and the people of Tamil Nadu will teach him a lesson," she said. "People are fed up with such dramas enacted by Karunanidhi."

Karunanidhi will be consulted on Sri Lanka

M-Karunanidhi37New Delhi, March 18 : Three senior ministers will hold talks with DMK chief M. Karunanidhi, and any decision on voting on a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka will be taken after talking to allies, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said Monday.

Kamal Nath said Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Defence Minister A. K. Antony and Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad will meet Karunanidhi in Chennai.

"Three senior ministers will meet him (Karunanidhi) and will discuss the UN resolution and how it should be presented. The government will decide after that," Nath told reporters.

DMK-backed strike evokes partial response

DMK-backed strike evokes partial responseChennai, March 12: A dawn-to-dusk general strike called Tuesday by a DMK-backed group in Tamil Nadu evoked partial response as public vehicles were plying on the roads while some shops downed their shutters.

Tamil Eelam Supporter's Organisation (TESO) called for the strike urging the central government to support the anti-Sri Lanka resolution sponsored by the US in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Public transport buses and auto-rickshaws were plying on the roads while some commercial establishments remained closed.

Centre pays no heed to state leaders: Karunanidhi

M-KarunanidhiChennai, Feb 16 : DMK president M.  Karunanidhi Saturday charged the central government of not being bothered by statements from political leaders in the states on issues like the attack on Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan forces or fuel price hikes.

Karunanidhi, whose party is a major constituent of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre, said: "Every time fishermen from Tamil Nadu are attacked by Sri Lankan Navy, leaders of political parties issue statements of condemnation.  Nevertheless, the attacks continue."

Karunanidhi hits back at Jayalalithaa

M-Karunanidhi43Chennai, Jan 31 :  DMK leader M. Karunanidhi Thursday said he had proof to back his claim that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa once wrote to then chief minister M. G. Ramachandran against Kamal Haasan.

"I have all the evidence and when the time comes, (I will) prove the charges in court," Karunanidhi told the media.

The former chief minister spoke after Jayalalithaa threatened to sue him for making what she was said was a "wild reckless charge".

Stalin torchbearer for upliftment of Dalits: Karunanidhi

M-KarunanidhiChennai, Jan 3 : DMK president M. Karunanidhi Thursday declared that his second son M. K. Stalin would be the party's torchbearer to fight for the upliftment of the Dalit community after him.

"I will work till my death for the upliftment of the Dalit community. After my lifetime it will be Stalin whom you should not forget," Karunanidhi said at a function in which over 2,000 PMK members joined the DMK.

Karunanidhi said he is the father-in-law of a Dalit woman as his elder son and union minister M. K. Alagiri's wife Gandhi belongs to that community.

DMK maintains suspense on its position on FDI in retail

DMK maintains suspense on its position on FDI in retailDMK chief M Karunanidhi has said that his party, which is a constituent of the ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition at the Centre, would keep small & medium retail traders' interests in mind while taking a decision on foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.

By refusing to clarify its final position on FDI in multi-brand retail, DMK added to the anxiety of coalition at the centre, which is already facing tough resistance on the issue from the Opposition.

Karunanidhi accuses TN government of double-standards in Sethu issue

Karunanidhi accuses TN government of double-standards in Sethu issueDMK chief M Karunanidhi has accused the Tamil Nadu led by political rival, Jayalalithaa of adopting "double-standards" by raining opposition against the Sethusamudram project in Supreme Court.

He said that the move by the government is a betrayal of the state. Karunanidhi has been a strong supporter of the multi-million rupees project that has been a controversial project in the state and the country. The project has attracted opposition from some who are against the demolition of the mythical Ram Sethu or Adam's Bridge.

DMK backs AIADMK on Lankan soldiers training issue

DMK backs AIADMK on Lankan soldiers training issueIn a rare display of unity on a matter, DMK Chief Karunanidhi has strongly backed Chief Minister Jayalalithaa of AIADMK in Tamil Nadu to oppose the training being provided to Sri Lankan soldiers in the country.

Karunanidhi supports Pranab as President

Karunanidhi supports Pranab as PresidentDMK chief M Karunanidhi has said that he and his party supports Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s candidature for the post of the next president of India, a move that will boost Congress’s plan to gather support for his post.

Karunanidhi has said that he would back the candidate proposed by the UPA coalition. But he also said that there has been no discussion on the presidential candidate. The DMK leader heads a party that is a key part in the UPA-led government at the Centre.

Karunanidhi and A Raja meet regarding the 2G scam

Karunanidhi and A Raja meet regarding the 2G scamA Raja’s residence was raided by the CBI a few days ago with respect to the investigations of the 2G scam. The DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi was in a fix as he had been supporting him through the series of events as he has pressures from 2 sides in his family union minister MK Alagiri and deputy chief MK Stalin -and brothers Kalanidhi and Dayanidhi Maran.

Quality health care assured for TN residents

M-KarunanidhiTamil Nadu government has ensured to provide a quality health support to residents, a report from the Chief Minister M Karunanidhi confirms the same.

CM quoted, "There are no two opinions on the state being a leader in providing quality health care to the people. The Kalaignar insurance scheme launched in 2009 is the jewel in the crown of the DMK's four year rule".

Expired medicines are lesser evil than the fake drugs: CM

M-KarunanidhiIn the Assembly on Monday, the punishment liable for the manufacturers of fake medicines is the subject of discussion. The entire opposition is demanding CBI investigation into this issue and also asking Health Minister M R K Panneerselvam to resign, seeing that the fabrication of fake medicines are increasing at a faster rate.

Congress has presented an idea that all the pharmacies in the state should be governed by the government, so that government can keep a check on the sale of genuine medicines.

Karunanidhi tightens grip on the eluding fake drug promoters

Karunanidhi tightens grip on the eluding fake drug promotersIt was the day of mourning, when a 3-year old girl died of consuming fake drug, which moved the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. Karunanidhi. He ordered for a constant vigil over the
pharmaceutical companies; primarily give a warning to those involved in production and distribution of fake and expired drugs.

Further in the high profile meeting, it was the city police and the Chennai Corporation who were given the responsibility to crack a whip on the offenders.

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