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Mamata unveils Karunanidhi statue in Chennai
Tamil Nadu

Mamata unveils Karunanidhi statue in Chennai

S Murari

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday unveiled a statue of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister the late M Karunanidhi at Kodambakkam  in Chennai on Wednesday. Karunanidhi died this day last year at the age of 94 after prolonged illness.

The statue of the five- time Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has been installed in the office of Murasoli, the DMK organ which he edited for over five decades.

Party president and Karunanidhi’s son MK Stalin used the occasion to call a meeting at Arivalayam, party headquarters, which was attended by the DMK allies who have taken a stand in Parliament against the scrapping of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir and the bifurcation of the State into two Union Territories by the Modi Government.

The DMK, the Trinamool Congress , the Congress and Marumalarchi DMK were among the handful of non-BJP opposition parties which stoutly opposed the statutory resolution scrapping Art 370 that gave special status to Jammu Kashmir and also repealing Art 35A that barred outsiders from residing in the State or buying property .

Earlier in the day, Stalin along other DMK leaders went in a procession to the memorial of the party patriarch on the Marina beach.

Former Defence Minister and senior Congress leader AK Antony also joined the procession.