Karunanidhi asks Tamils to 'unite' in the interest of Lankan Tamils

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Coimbatore, Nov 16 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today urged the Tamils in the state to unite and raise their voice to safeguard the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Addressing in the centenary birthday celebrations of former chief minister and DMK party founder, leader C N Annadhurai and Party zonal conference here this evening, he said the initiative he has taken on the Sri Lankan issue did not yield the result as there was no unity among the Tamils in the state.

He opined that whatever may be the party affiliations or their differences in policies, whoever come to the power or not, the Tamils should unite in this cause in the interest of the Sri Lankan Tamils, who have been killed by the Sri Lankan government.

Recalling the 59 years history of the party and founder leader Annadhurai, who has been instrumental to propagate the party's policy among youths in the schools, colleges and universities during 1949 onwards and produced so many political leaders, Mr Karunanidhi appealed to the political parties not to instigate the students for violence and treat them as their children.

While referring to the recent students clash at Dr Ambedhkar Government law College, Chennai, the Chief Minister affirmed that when the party started during the year 1949, there were only 1000 people, who joined as party member and today it has over one crore people as members with 96,000 party branches all over the state.

He further said some political parties wanted to dismiss the present DMK government and he could say only one thing that if it happens, then the party membership would further raise and it will become over three crore in the state.

However, top party leaders also added words on the occasion.

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