DMK youth wing for month-long birthday bash for Karunanidhi

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Chennai, May 20 (UNI) The youth wing of the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), led by Tamil Nadu Local Administration Minister M K Stalin, today decided to celebrate for a month in a grand manner, party President and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's 85th birthday on June 3.

A day after DMK General Secretary and Finance Minister K Anbazhagan called upon the party cadres to celebrate the birthday in a grand manner as an antidote to Mr Karunanidhi's anguish, the youth wing, which met here, adopted a resolution to celebrate the birthday in a grand manner.

Mr Anbazhagan had exhorted party cadres to celebrate the birthday after Mr Karunanidhi appealed to them not to celebrate his birthday and avoid coming to the city to call on him.

The DMK chief had said that he was in no mood to celebrate his birthday as he was anguished over rise in terrorism and betrayal by those close to him. He was also upset that the implementation of his dream Sethusamudram Shipping Channel project was hanging in the balance.

It was in this backdrop that the youth wing meeting, chaired by Mr Stalin, decided to organise month-long celebrations throughout the State.

Hoisting of party flags, distribution of free note books and uniforms to school children, dhotis and sarees to elders, sweets and food to inmates of old age homes and orphanages and launching of welfare measures would mark the celebrations, it said.

To create an awareness among the youth about the sacrifices made by the party chief, the youth wing decided to organise sports events for men and women in all parts of the State.

The youth wing volunteers would also distribute pamphlets, highlighting the achievements made by the DMK Government in the last two years, after it came to power in May 2006.

Meanwhile, the literary wing of the party also decided to celebrate the birthday by organising literary debates on June 1.

The farmers' wing decided to celebrate the birthday as ''farmers' welfare day'' in recognition of the waiving of farm loans to the tune of Rs 60,000 crore.

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