I will continue to work for welfare of Tamils: MK

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Chennai, Dec 3: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today said he will continue to work for the welfare of Tamils residing all over the world. Mr Karunanidhi's comments come at a time when a senior Malaysian Minister Nazri Aziz asked him to lay off from affairs in Malaysia, reacting to the Chief Minister concern over the manner in which the ethnic Tamils were treated by the Malaysian police on November 25 during the protest rally and his subsequent letter addressed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, urging the Centre to intervene in the issue.

Speaking in a function to felicitate Dravidar Kazhagam (DK) supremo K Veeramani on his 75th birthday here, Mr Karunanidhi said the late Chief Minister and the founder of DMK, C N Annadurai said in Parliament that he was proud to call himself a Dravidian and a representative of Tamil community.

Mr Karunanidhi said, acceding to Mr Veeramani's request, the Government would install a 95-ft statue of rationalist leader and DK Founder, Periyar E V Ramasamy. The statue would spread the preachings of Periyar, he added.

The Chief Minister said the Government would provide financial assistance to the families, who were imprisoned and expired during the caste abolition movement in the State.

Union Shipping Minister T R Baalu alleged that those who opposed the Sethusamudram Channel Project(SSCP) under the pretext of protecting 'Ram Sethu' are enemies of the nation.

Film actor Sathyaraj said, Lord Rama is irrelevant for Tamils, as they have sufficient native gods to take care of them.


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