Cadre outside M Karunanidhi’s residence with percussion instruments, DMK party workers cut a cake and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi arrives to wish her father on the occasion of his 95th birthday on Sunday
The political stalwart came out of his residence with the help of his son and DMK working president MK Stalin and other family members. As he started waving his hands with smiles, cadres, who already thronged in front of the house raised slogans as ‘Kalaignar Vaazhga.’ Citing his health conditions, only limited party’s top functionaries were allowed to meet him.
The residence of Karunanidhi in Gopalapuram was decorated with flowers and the traditional celebratory materials since Saturday as part of the birthday celebration. Same was the case in Anna Arivalayam, the DMK party headquarters. The party has already planned to conduct month-long events across the state to mark the birthday of DMK patriarch, who was elected 13-times to the state Assembly.
The DMK also arranged a felicitation meeting on Sunday evening and poet Vairamuthu, writer Pala Karuppaiah and Dindigul I Leoni participated and spoke about political life of the DMK chief.
Meanwhile, several national and state political leaders have greeted DMK patriarch on his birthday. In his message, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that Kalaignar is great poet, thinker and orator. All India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi greeted and wished him for good health. Similarly, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted “I pray for your good health”.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had also sent a bouquet of flowers to Karunanidhi to convey birthday greetings and greeted Stalin over the phone.Various leaders in Tamil Nadu like Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, VCK Chief Thol Thirumavalavan, DMDK founder Vijayakanth, state Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar and several others also greeted him.
The political veteran had been ailing due to age-related issues and he earlier had undergone a tracheotomy procedure in December 2016 in a private hospital to improve his breathing. As he was absent in party work, his son Stalin was elected as working president of the DMK.
Twitter is abuzz with wishes and #HBDKalaignar95 trend went viral on the social media on Sunday.