DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Saturday accused Chief Minister Jayalalithaa of omitting the name of former Chief Minister C.N. Annadurai in her speech during the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Assembly.

“She gave a detailed account of the history of the Assembly and said that only in 1968 it was renamed as Tamil Nadu Assembly. But, I don’t know whether she forgot to mention Anna, who renamed the Assembly, or it was her intention to omit his name,” Mr. Karunanidhi said in a statement.

Pranab’s speech

The DMK leader said that President Pranab Mukherjee did not fail to mention Anna’s role in renaming the Assembly in his long speech. “He is an honourable man and also knew Anna well.”

To a question on Governor Rosaiah omitting Mr. Karunanidhi’s name from the list of Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu, he said Mr. Rosaiah was a good man and feared none and could not have done it deliberately.

Mr. Karunanidhi also came down strongly on the arrest of Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam MLA S.R. Parthipan and the formation of a special team in search of seven other MLAs for criticising the government.

“Has freedom of expression been sent to mortuary in Tamil Nadu?” Mr. Karunanidhi asked.