Chennai, Aug 6 : At a time when the Opposition is targetting the BJP-led NDA for its move to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir as two Union Territories (UTs) by scrapping Article 370, the DMK has invited a galaxy of National leaders in Chennai on Wednesday to mark the first death anniversary of former Party chief M Karunanidhi.
DMK President M K Stalin, who flayed the Centre for abolishing the Special Status to J and K and bifurcating it, has taken the lead and invited the leaders for a memorial meeting to mark the occasion.The leaders were expected to hit out at the Centre for scrapping Articles 370 and 35A and bifurcating J & K into two UTs.
Among those expected to attend the meeting included former J&K Chief Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, whose close and cordial relations with Mr Karunanidhi was well known. Apart from Mr Farooq Abdullah, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Ms Mamta Banerjee, her Puducherry counterpart V Narayanasamy and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who formed a mega alliance against the BJP in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, are also likely to attend the event in which alliance leaders of the DMK, including Congress, MDMK, VCK, CPI, CPI(M) and IUML would also take part.However, uncertainty prevails over Mr Farooq's Chennai visit in view of the prevailing political situation in his State. This is the first major event of the DMK after the alliance led by it made a clean sweep of Lok Sabha polls in Tamilnadu, winning 37 of the 38 seats for which elections were held and winning 13 of the 22 Assembly seats, for which bypolls were held.
As part of the first death anniversary function, a silent procession led by Mr Stalin would be held from Anna Salai to Mr Karunanidhi's memorial at Marina. Later, a statue of Mr Karunanidhi will be unveiled at the office of the DMK organ 'Murasoli' in the city. The statue will depict Mr Karunanidhi, who was also a veteran journalist, sitting and writing with a pen.
After the unveiling of the statue, a public meeting will be held at the YMCA grounds where leaders from the DMK and its allies would participate. (UNI)