DMK not just a party but also a movement, none is born to defeat it: Karunanidhi

DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Friday said that it was not a mere party, but a movement and asserted that 'none is born to defeat it'.

hidden September 12, 2014 14:55:06 IST
DMK not just a party but also a movement, none is born to defeat it: Karunanidhi

Chennai: Putting up a brave face in the wake of internal wrangles and electoral drubbings, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Friday said that it was not a mere party, but a movement and asserted that "none is born to defeat it".

DMK not just a party but also a movement none is born to defeat it Karunanidhi

DMK chief Karunanidhi said DMK was a movement. Reuters

DMK was being run like a family and not as a mere political party or a social movement. It was a movement that strives for bringing social revolution, he said at a marriage function in the family of senior party leader, J Anbazhagan, MLA.

Recalling the contributions of Anbazhgan and many others like him for the growth of DMK, Karunanidhi said, "I strongly believe that despite mischief by many, or whatever anyone says, none is born to defeat the party."

The DMK chief's comments come in the wake of internal wrangles in its ranks, especially in the wake of the rout handed down by arch-rival AIADMK in the 24 April Lok Sabha polls.

Critics and political observers had virtually written off the party after it lost power in the 2011 Assembly elections and failed to put up an impressive performance in any of the electoral battles held after that.

Reported leadership feud between Karunanidhi's sons MK Alagiri and MK Stalin saw the Madurai-based former leader being axed from the party early this year.

Karunanidhi, whose party had successfully led the anti-Hindi agitation in 1965, said that a senior leader had then suggested he change his name since it had north Indian connotations.

"It is a north Indian name. I myself say that.. (senior leaders like) Annalthango asked me to change my name to Arul Selvar but I did not since it sounded like some sage's name," he said.

Karunanidhi said that when he sought the advice of party founder, the late CN Annadurai on changing his name, the leader told him there was no need to do so since many had got used to it and moreover it was given to by his parents.

PTI

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