Urging party workers and leaders to ignore criticism levelled with an ulterior motive by Opposition leaders, DMK president and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday exuded confidence that the party would see through the implementation of the Kalaignar Housing Scheme by coming back to power after the next elections.

Any apprehension on the continuity of the six-year project, the implementation of which has just commenced, was unwarranted.

“We are certain to come to power again. I hope to be alive till all the 21 lakh enumerated beneficiaries are provided with concrete houses. Have I let any of the schemes unaccomplished?” Mr. Karunanidhi asked while addressing a public meeting that saw a huge turnout of exuberant party workers. Taking a dig at CPI Leader Nallakannu's article in a vernacular daily questioning the feasibility of the Kalaignar Housing Scheme, Mr. Karunanidhi said the negative thought had arisen in the mind of the respected leader owing to his predicament of having to please his alliance leader.

He advised some of the speakers, who launched a tirade against former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for having described him as an evil force, to exercise restraint.

Mr. Karunanidhi urged the Centre to take sincere attempts to overcome legal obstacles in the way of implementing the Sethusamudram project.

Deputy Chief Minister, M. K. Stalin spoke. Earlier, the Chief Minister, unveiled a life-sized statue of Anbil Dharmalingam, one of the founding leaders of DMK, on the Karur bypass road.