Chennai: Top opposition party leaders will gather in Chennai sharing platform with DMK chief M. Karunanidhi on Sunday for the unveiling of late Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi at the DMK state headquarters — Anna Arivalayam here.
The galaxy of national leaders would include former Congress president and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
The DMK has invited both Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan for the event as they have been close to Karunanidhi. Leaders of various political parties are expected to attend the function.
The buoyancy of Congress success in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh Assembly elections held recently, will be evident loud and clear in the speeches that would again reiterate the urgent need for all of them to forge a strong alliance to defeat the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls next year.
Soon after her arrival, Ms. Sonia would pay tributes at the memorial of Karunanidhi on the Marina Beach front. Later, she would unveil his statue and proceed for the public meeting at the YMCA grounds.
His statue will be located besides a refurbished statue of DMK founder and late Chief Minister C. N. Annadurai. Karunanidhi passed away on Aug. 7 this year at 94.
This is the second time the opposition DMK is utilising its event as a platform to display opposition unity ahead of the polls. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Andhra Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, would attend the function. The DMK had also invited leaders of Trinamool Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Janata Dal (Secular), Nationalist Congress Party, Telugu Rashtriya Samiti and Aam Admi Party for the ceremony. After he walked out from the BJP-led NDA, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu had been striving to unite all the ‘secular’ parties under one roof and cobble up a formidable alliance against the Centre....