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From the Archives (November 8, 1969): Karunanidhi on split in Congress

A poor mother puts by money the hard way, saving a paisa here and a paisa there, so that she can buy an article her child covets. But the moment she gives the article to the baby it lets it slip into a gutter. The mother is sorry not because the article is gone but because all her efforts have gone to waste. If Mahatma Gandhi were alive to-day to see the Congress edifice built by him going to pieces, he would also have the same feeling of wasted effort. This analogy was drawn here [Madras] today [November 7] by Mr. M. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister, while speaking at a Gandhi centenary function organised by the Southern Indian Regional Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He said Gandhiji had advocated the dissolution of the Congress Party as soon as Independence was achieved. Ironically enough, the very year of Gandhi centenary had been chosen by some people to liquidate that party. The Chief Minister said the best homage they could pay to the Mahatma was to follow his principles of peace, non-violence and truth in order to preserve freedom and democracy in the country.

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