Assembly adjourns after homage

CHENNAI, AUG. 30. After paying homage to the TMC leader, Mr. G.K. Moopanar, the Tamil Nadu Assembly today adjourned its proceedings as a mark of respect.

Leaders of all parties paid tributes describing Mr. Moopanar as a staunch nationalist who stood for probity in public life.

The Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalithaa, said the death of Mr. Moopanar was an irreparable loss. Known for his courteousness and patience, he was held in high respect by all, she said. ``I've never seen him get angry''.

Ms. Jayalalithaa recalled how Moopanar called on her when she was in hospital after having been attacked in the Assembly, and described the meeting as a memorable experience. More recently, whenever she visited him, Mr. Moopanar would insist on personally seeing her off despite his ill-health.

He was a people's leader, she added.

The Leader of the Opposition, Mr. K. Anbazhagan, recalled how Mr.Moopanar had fashioned an alliance with the DMK following differences with the Congress high command. He broke away from the DMK only because he wanted to be part of the national mainstream, he said.

The PMK president, Mr. G.K. Mani, described Mr.Moopanar as one of the tallest leaders of the sub continent. He believed in alliance dharma and was held in high regard by leaders of other political parties.

The Congress floor leader, Ms. D. Yasodha, said Mr. Moopanar had won the confidence of the AICC president, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, to such an extent that she allowed him to sign the alliance agreement on behalf of the Congress.

The CPI(M) leader, Mr. J. Hemachandran, recalled how Mr.Moopanar refused to nominate his son for the Rajya Sabha seat because he wanted his son to work for and earn his place in politics.

The CPI leader, Mr. G. Palanichamy, said Mr.Moopanar was known for his humane nature. The BJP leader, Mr. K.N. Lakshmanan, praised Mr.Moopanar for his commitment to nationalism. The INL leader, Mr. M.A. Latheef, drew attention to his commitment to the welfare of the minorities. The AIFB leader, Mr. L. Santhanam, and the MGR-ADMK leader, Mr. S. Austin also paid tributes.