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By Our Special Correspondent
Speaking at the concluding day of the Villupuram party conference here on Sunday, Mr. Sarat Kumar said that as he had not participated in any of the party meetings in the last six months, tongues had started wagging, raising doubts about his continuance in the DMK.
Canards had been spread that he was hobnobbing with the BJP. Mr. Sarat Kumar set at rest speculation, stating he was fully dedicated to the DMK.
However, he did not clarify why he had stayed away from party functions all these days.
Though the final day of the conference happened to be a star-studded show, with Mr. Sarat Kumar, Napolean, Chandrasekar, Thiagu and Kumari Muthu in a row, the actors emerged as speakers in their own right.
The DMK chief, M. Karunanidhi, applauded them as ``dignified speakers having fully identified themselves with the party.''
Listening to Mr. Napolean, the general secretary, K. Anbazhagan, said had he known that the actor was such a fluent speaker, he would have given him more time (every speaker was given five to 10 minutes).
For Mr. Thiagu, it was a maiden speech at a party conference, and he coherently listed the welfare measures introduced by the erstwhile DMK regime.
Mr.Kumari Muthu, started and ended his speech with his typical laughter. Mr. Chandrasekar delivered his speech without referring to any notes.
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