Karunanidhi a tall leader whose life straddled two centuries: Sonia

Along with millions of his supporters in Tamil Nadu, users of the micro-blogging site-Twitter-also celebrated Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supremo M Karunanidhi's 94th birthday on Saturday. Gandhi said finance minister Arun Jaitley had recently said economic decline had nothing to do with the demonetisation.

"None of us have the arrogance to tell you what is good for you", he told the gathering.

"What Jaitley does not telling you is that Modi did not tell him about demonetisation", Gandhi said.

The tough electoral battle Karunanidhi faced was in 1991 when he was the lone DMK candidate to win, but by a thin margin of just over 800 votes in Harbour as the AIADMK-Congress combine swept the polls on the sympathy wave following the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Sriperumbudur.

Gandhi said that as Chief Minister, Karunanidhi was known as an able administrator and was a formidable adversary as the leader of the opposition.

Karunanidhi's son and the party's Working President M.K. Stalin went to his father's Gopalapuram residence here to greet him.

He said similarly all others like Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee echo the voice of the people of their respective states.

He noted it was Karunanidhi who was instrumental in the implementation of Mandal Commission recommendations providing reservation for backward castes during the National Front government led by VP Singh.

Raja hoped Stalin would fight to free the country from communal forces. He said saffron party believed that there was only one culture which should run India.

National Conference's Omar Abdullah said the nation needs leaders like Karunanidhi during troubled times. He said every leader on the dais were absolutely convinced that wisdom and knowledge lay with the people.

  • Zachary Reyes