T. Ramakrishnan

CHENNAI: The thought of advancing the Assembly elections [slated for May 2011] does not arise now, according to Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi, who completes four years in office on Thursday.

This was his response in writing to a question raised by The Hindu on the talk doing rounds in certain circles that the polls might be held earlier than scheduled.

Asked whether he would like to contest the next Assembly elections, he replied that the decision regarding contesting the polls had not yet been made. “Nothing can separate me from literature, politics and the public service till my last breath,” he said, adding that he would continue to serve people in one way or the other. On the DMK-Congress alliance, he said both sides had gone on record on several occasions that the alliance would continue. So, he did not discuss the issue with Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

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