Madurai (Tamil Nadu), Jan 30: The 57th birth anniversary of M K Azhagiri, the Madurai-based elder son of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi was celebrated in a grand manner by the partymen, here today.
Mr Azhagiri is considered as a strong man in the DMK party in the Southern districts of Tamil Nadu, though he does not hold any party position.
Party sources said Mr Karunanidhi wished his son over phone from Chennai this morning and gave his blessings. Later, Mr Azhagiri cut a giant cake at his residence here in the presence of some state ministers and senior DMK leaders. He also garlanded the statue of party patriarch C N Annadurai and distributed welfare assistance worth several lakhs of rupees to the poor and downtrodden at a colourful function.
The Madurai district wing of the DMK made elaborate arrangements to celebrate the birthday. Mass feeding and blood donation camps were also organized.
Special ''poojas'' and ''abhishekams'' were also performed in various temples in the Southern districts.