DMK stunned into silence

  • HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times, Chennai/New Delhi
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  • Updated: May 21, 2011 01:55 IST

The weary gloom that enveloped DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi's Gopalapuram residence and Kanimozhi’s CIT Colony home said it all.

Already reeling from the Tamil Nadu assembly poll verdict of exactly a week ago, the 87-year-old DMK patriarch could not bear the ‘shock’ of a Delhi court's order of ‘forthwith’ arrest of his daughter, DMK insiders said.

But he felt helpless too —unable to do anything, politically or otherwise to save his beloved daughter.

As the news of Kanimozhi's arrest broke, his sons, Union chemicals and fertilizers minister MK Alagiri and former deputy chief minister MK Stalin were by his side. So were a handful of senior DMK leaders.

But the DMK chief left his house soon for the upmarket CIT colony residence of his second wife Rajathi Ammal — where she and daughter Kanimozhi live.

“If you have a daughter who has been arrested how would you feel?” a visibly distraught Karunanidhi told the battery of media persons outside the CIT colony residence. “She was held for no fault of hers.” Kanimozhi's mother Rajathi Ammal left Chennai for Delhi. She was seen sobbing at the Chennai airport.

In Delhi, emotionally-charged DMK supporters broke down inside the courtroom while Kanimozhi, surrounded by her family members and husband Aravindan, tried hard to conceal her emotions. However, tears welled on the cheeks of Kanimozhi, wearing an orange 'salwar suit', when she was being taken inside the lock-up.

As helplessness gripped the DMK rank and file, a visibly upset Karunanidhi said he would consult legal experts on moving the Delhi HC for her bail.  Those who are in jail

On whether Friday's development would have an impact on the two UPA partners, he said his party's general council alone could take a decision.

The Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said Kanimozhi's arrest would not have any impact on the UPA coalition. A senior party leader, who declined to be identified, said the DMK MP's arrest was ‘not an unexpected development’. The money trail

Political commentator Cho Ramaswamy said the DMK was in no position to take any action. The Congress, on the other hand, would want the DMK to leave on its own and, “so that it can cozy up to the ADMK.”


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