Presence of top leaders at DMK chief's funeral reflects Kurunanidhi's political clout

NEW DELHI: The presence of a galaxy of leaders in bidding adieu to DMK patriarch Okay Karunanidhi is noticed as a mirrored image of the DMK's political clout within the southern state which sends as many as 39 MPs to the Lok Sabha.

While leaders say their discuss with was once aimed at paying respects to the doyen of Dravidian politics, political analysts feel there is more to what meets the eye.

Many feel quite a lot of regional and national outfits are looking for to woo Karunanidhi's inheritor obvious and party leader MK Stalin for the approaching general elections, as the party is prone to fare higher whilst riding at the sympathy wave.

They feel that with Jayalalitha not more in Tamil politics and none to carry on her legacy, the DMK is prone to rating higher at the hustings under Stalin's management.

Sources say that retaining in view the DMK's flexibility in going with the National Front, the NDA and the UPA prior to now, quite a lot of political groupings are making "overtures" to it.

A senior DMK chief, then again, refused to talk at the factor pronouncing "this is not the time".

Numerous leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, but even so several leader ministers have been provide to pay their last respects to the the DMK's "Kalaignar".

Asked about the Congress president's discuss with, party leader spokesperson Randeep Surjewala mentioned the DMK has a historical association with the UPA and there is a private rapport that the Congress president shares with MK Stalin and Kanimozhi, the son and daughter of Karunanidhi.

"As one of the iconic figures of Tamil politics, the Congress president went there as a friend to pay his last respects and he had gone to meet him earlier too to inquire about his well being. No politics should be seen in it," he mentioned.

Interestingly, Sonia Gandhi in an emotional letter termed the dying of Kanunanidhi as a "personal loss", pronouncing he was once like a "father figure" to her.

Apart from Modi and Rahul Gandhi, others provide incorporated Karnataka leader minister HD Kumaraswamy, and his Kerala, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh opposite numbers Pinarayi Vijayan, Okay Chandrasekhar Rao and N Chandrababu Naidu.

Delhi leader minister Arvind Kejriwal, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, his predecessor Prakash Karat, CPI national secretary D Raja, and previous leader ministers of Kerala and Uttar Pradesh Oommen Chandy and Akilesh Yadav also paid tributes.

Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, former Union minister Praful Patel, ex-Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah also offered their last respects.

Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, Union minister and the lone BJP Lok Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu Pon Radhakrishnan, Puducherry leader minister V Narayanasamy and senior Congress chief Ghulam Nabi Azad have been also provide to pay respects and positioned wreaths.


With 39 Lok Sabha seats, Tamil Nadu has the fifth-largest number of seats, which is equivalent to 7 consistent with cent of the whole energy of the lower space.


Though assembly elections in Tamil Nadu are slated in May 2021, the fast election through which the DMK expects features is within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.


The state also sends 18 participants to the Rajya Sabha.


Presence of top leaders at DMK chief's funeral reflects Kurunanidhi's political clout Presence of top leaders at DMK chief's funeral reflects Kurunanidhi's political clout Reviewed by kailash soni on August 09, 2018 Rating: 5
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