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Friday, June 3, 2011

Karunanidhi did not meet Kanimozhi on his birthday

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister and Dravidar Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi turned 88 on Friday (03-June-2011).
His birthday, however, remained a low key affair, especially since his MP daughter Kanimozhi has been in jail.

Amidst multiple scams, DMK chief Karunanidhi on Friday issued a veiled message to his party cadre on his birthday. When asked what was his message to his cadres on his birthday, the DMK chief in a short statement said, "Bad friendship will end in trouble."

Mr Karunanidhi was rejected unequivocally last month in the Tamil Nadu elections, ending plans to return as Chief Minister. The DMK, which contested the elections with the Congress, was decimated with one of its worst-ever performances; its First Family finds itself mired in controversy over chronic corruption.
Perhaps the biggest blow for the former Chief Minister is that his daughter, Kanimozhi, is now in Tihar Jail in Delhi for allegedly accepting a bribe in the gigantic telecom scam that was reportedly engineered by A Raja, a Dalit leader of the DMK known for his proximity to Mr Karunanidhi's family.

Karunanidhi is scheduled to fly to Delhi today where he is likely to meet Kanimozhi in jail. He had earlier issued a statement, saying he was "not in the frame of mind" to participate in any event other than the planned wreath laying ceremony at memorials of Anna (former chief minister Annadurai) and Periyar (rationalist leader E V Ramasamy) on his 88th birthday.

He had also requested his partymen "not to compel him to meet them" and tendered apologies as he will not be able to meet them both in his house and at the party headquarters.

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