TAMIL NADU

“Critics ignoring government’s achievements”

AT A TIME: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi releasing 85 books at a function in Chennai on Tuesday. (From left) Publisher Alliance Srinivasan, poet Vaali, writer Jayakanthan and Minister for School Education Thangam Thennarasu, are in the picture.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Tuesday mounted an attack on his critics, accusing them of nitpicking and ignoring the achievements of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government.

Addressing a function to release 85 books to mark his 85th birthday, the Chief Minster said some people were noticing only the flaws, though “we don’t boast that our achievements are flawless.”

The function was organised by Tamil Nadu Tamil Publishers Association (Tamil Nadu Tamil Pathipalar Sangam) that had declared his birthday as World Tamil Book Festival.

Though the Chief Minister said it was not an occasion to discuss politics and alliance, he narrated a story to target critics of his government’s achievements. It was the story of a school boy who ignored his teacher’s lesson and watched a rat in the roof of the classroom.

“When the teacher asked the students whether the lessons entered into their mind, the boy said except for the tail everything went in perfectly. He had watched the rat entering a hole. We are concerned about the boy. We want to make him good student,” the Chief Minister said.

Recalling Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s remarks that the DMK’s election manifesto was the hero of the 2006 elections, Mr. Karunanidhi said everyone would know whether the hero or villain would prevail.

“Biggest achievement”

Stating that his government was fulfilling all the electoral promises, the Chief Minister, however, said, the highest achievement was getting the classical language status to the Tamil language. He also recalled United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s letter to him dedicating the achievement to him.

What could be a greater legacy to the generation to come than getting classical language status for Tamil, he asked.

Library model

The Chief Minister said the model for the modern state library was ready and that he was fully satisfied with the same. School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu said the DMK government had spent Rs.25 crore for buying books from publishers for the government libraries.

Writer Jayakanthan said all those associated with writing, whether it was the publisher, writer or the reader, they had benefited from Chief Minister Karunanidhi.

Poet Vaali and Tamil Scholar Avvai Natarajan spoke.