TAMIL NADU

“It is indeed government of minorities”

United they stand: DMK treasurer M.K.Stalin is flanked by Bishops Ezra Sargunam and Christopher Asir at a meeting held in Virudhunagar on Thursday. The Congress candidate for Virudhunagar Lok Sabha seat, Manik Tagore, is seen (second from left).

United they stand: DMK treasurer M.K.Stalin is flanked by Bishops Ezra Sargunam and Christopher Asir at a meeting held in Virudhunagar on Thursday. The Congress candidate for Virudhunagar Lok Sabha seat, Manik Tagore, is seen (second from left).   | Photo Credit: — Photo: K. Ganesan.

Special Correspondent

VIRUDHUNAGAR: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president, M. Karunanidhi, always lent an ear to the grievances of minorities, whether he was in power or not, the party treasurer, M.K. Stalin, said on Thursday.

He was seeking votes for the Congress candidate for Virudhunagar Lok Sabha seat, Manik Tagore, at a meeting organised for pastors of all churches here.

Mr. Stalin said that people belonging to the minority communities would not forget the ‘draconian’ anti-conversion law enacted by the previous All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam regime. On assuming power, Mr. Karunanidhi repealed the law during the very first session of Assembly, he said.

The Chief Minister had taken pride in his Government being called as “minority Government” by the AIADMK.

“He feels proud that it is a government of the minorities,” he said.

Mr. Stalin said that it was only because the people voted for the United Progressive Alliance at the Centre that the 150-year old dream scheme of Tamils, the Sethusamudram Ship Channel project, became a reality. Those present at the meeting included A. Christopher Asir, Bishop, Church of South India, and Ezra Sargunam of Ecumenical Church of India.

Mr. Stalin spoke at Sattur, Virudhunagar and Aruppukottai Assembly constituencies.

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