Tamil Nadu

State autonomy will only strengthen nation: Karunanidhi

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi. Photo: K. Pichumani  

Asserting that the DMK’s demand for state autonomy was not secessionist, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday said the party’s “dream” of autonomy would become a reality one day.

“To preserve the country’s hard earned freedom and since the Centre will be stronger only if the states are stronger, DMK has been raising the issue (state autonomy)...The dream of state autonomy will become a reality one day,” Mr. Karunanidhi wrote in party mouth piece Murasoli.

The DMK patriarch said the state autonomy will only strengthen the national integration. Likening the country to a necklace, he said, “A gold necklace can be stronger only if the link that joins every piece is stronger. We have named that link as state autonomy.”

There was nothing wrong in demanding state autonomy, he said, adding that it was not aimed at dividing the country.

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