He had also said that he had no desire to become Chief Minister for another term.
On the 63rd birthday celebrations of his son and DMK treasurer MK Stalin, the 91 year-old five time former Chief Minister Karunanidhi’s comments came where party leaders who spoke before him wanted him to become Chief Minister for a sixth time.
He said, “Those who spoke before me said that I should become (Chief) Minister for a sixth time. That is not my desire, that (feeling) is not something that is dominating me. My desire is to protect DMK. Till the last supporter is there, it cannot be given away to the enemy.”
He had urged his party leaders and supporters to follow suit and said they should realize that DMK is the only movement serving the economically and socially downtrodden and that they should protect it for the benefit of the society and “atleast” for themselves.
Protecting the party should be the ‘primary duty’ of all concerned, “else we would not be showing gratitude,” he said in the midst of senior leaders including former Union Ministers A Raja and T R Baalu.
Founded by veteran leader C N Annadurai, DMK ensured the Tamil people their Dravidian identity, he said and urged his supporters to live by the self-respect principles propounded by the rational leader E V Ramasamy, fondly addressed as Periar, besides Annadurai.
He insisted that the party was founded with the intention of helping the Tamil society and not for posts.
In wake of bitterly fought internal polls, Karunanidhi’s comments come and a severe drubbing in last year’s Lok Sabha polls besides this month’s bypoll for Srirangam assembly constituency, earlier represented by AIADMK General Secretary and former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
Welfare assistance to the tune of Rs one crore were distributed today to mark the 63rd birthday of Stalin tomorrow.