DMK working president MK Stalin celebrated his 65th birthday on Wednesday as party members greeted him with presents containing books and a bull.
The bull was gifted to honour his “efforts” in getting the Jallikattu ban revoked.
In a veiled attack on the AIADMK government led by K Palaniswami on the occasion, Stalin tweeted: “Let us all vow to remove the proxy regime through legitimate means and a peaceful democratic revolution and strive to install DMK rule.”
A black bull, with its horns painted in the party colours of red and black and decorated with a bright muted orange-gold shawl, was gifted to Stalin at the DMK headquarters in Chennai.
Party workers said the bull was presented to him to honour his “efforts” in getting the state and central governments to ‘act’ and give the nod for the traditional bull taming sport of Jallikattu.
Party members also gifted Stalin books because he had appealed the DMK cadres to give him books instead of other presents.
The books included genres, including Tamil literature, politics, Justice Party (precursor of Dravidar Kazhagam, the parent outfit of DMK), Mao, and Che Guevara.
The stage at Kalaignar Arangam in party headquarters where Stalin received visitors had several shelves and the books gifted to him were put up on them.
Stalin celebrated his birthday with his family first by cutting a cake at his residence in Chennai. He then placed wreaths at the mausoleums of former chief minister CN Annadurai and rationalist leader ‘Periyar’ EV Ramasamy.
He later drove to the Gopalapuram residence of his ailing father and party president M Karunanidhi, and took his blessings. He also visited party general secretary K Anbazhagan and received his blessings.
DMK principal secretary Duraimurugan, deputy general secretary VP Duraisamy and other senior leaders, including EV Velu, K Ponmudi greeted Stalin at his residence.
Later, the DMK working chief, who is also the leader of opposition in Assembly arrived at the party headquarters where party functionaries and cadres thronged to greet him.
When he arrived at the “Kalaignar Arangam” at the party headquarters, he was given a warm welcome by party workers.
The party, which is observing Stalin’s birtday as “youth uprising day,” organised several functions in the city and distributed welfare assistance to the needy.
Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy, former Tamil Nadu Congress Committee presidents EVKS Elangovan, M Krishnasamy, senior Congress leader Peter Alphonse greeted him in person.
Union ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Pon Radhakrishnan, CPI state secretary R Mutharasan, VCK chief Thol Thirumavalavan, and TMC chief GK Vasan were among those who greeted him over phone.