Opposition comes together in Karunanidhi’s prayer meet to attack BJP

The political tone of the event was set by TMC leader, Derek O’Brien, who started his speech to commemorate the Kalaignar, M. Karunanidhi, with a staunch attack on the BJP in Chennai. 

Chennai: Various opposition leaders, in a move to form a united force against BJP, took the stage together in the condolence meeting for late Muthuvel Karunanidhi here on Thursday.

The Southern Sun, the event to pay tribute to the five time chief minister of Tamil Nadu, was organized in the YMCA Physical Education College ground.

Former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Gulam Navi Azad, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdulla, CPI general secretary Sudhakar Reddy, Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien were among the several leaders who joined DMK chief M.K. Stalin and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi to commemorate the late Kalaignar.

Nitin Gadkari and Nitish Kumar were in the first batch of speakers who chose to stay away from the political relevance of the event. Gadkari talked about how Karunanidhi, despite being a state leader, held national importance.

“After his death, both the houses in the parliament had dedicated a session to the Kalaignar. It happened for the first time for a person who never became a member of Parliament. This shows the importance of this man even after his death”, said Gadkari.

The political tone of the event was set by Derek O’Brien who started his speech to commemorate the Kalaignar with a staunch attack on the BJP. “If we really think we should pay homage to the greatness of Karunanidhi, then we must defeat BJP in 2019”, said the TMC party chairman in Rajya Sabha.

He called for an alliance between all the state parties and said the future of India lies in Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, giving light to the importance of the south Indian parties in Mamata Banerjee’s ambitious Third Front.

Sitaram Yechury pointed out the fact that Karunanidhi was a great pioneer of modern India, believed in complete freedom of speech and expression and understood the importance of media and communication which reflected in his films and stories.

Farooq Abdulla and Ghulam Nabi Azad also didn’t miss out on a single chance to attack BJP and the prime minister. “He (Modi) should be working for you, but, instead of that he is too busy travelling the world”, said Abdulla.

The meet was concluded by the words of M.K. Stalin who echoed what he had said after being unanimously elected the new DMK chief. He promised to further the legacy inherited from his late father and said would always work against who divide people on the basis of religion and caste.

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