Known as his favourite, Karunanidhi’s 42-year-old daughter Kanimozhi started out as his literary heir. But in 2007, she went to the Rajya Sabha and drew even closer to her father, and A Raja, who was telecom minister.
She spoke to HT’s Shekhar Iyer on returning on Thursday from Madurai, where she attended the wedding of her half-brother M K Alagiri’s son, an event billed as the family’s unity show before the 2011 state polls.
Can the DMK overcome this crisis?
Surely. From the beginning, the chief minister and party have said that the 2G spectrum row is a political issue and not a party crisis. The telecom ministry’s affidavit before the Supreme Court has clearly stated the facts.
Is the DMK-Congress alliance back on track after Pranab Mukherjee said in Madurai that the tie-up is to continue?
That was never in doubt, and even while many things were happening, this was clear.
After next year’s polls, who will be chief minister?
The party’s general council will decide. Anyway, we have kalaignar (Karunanidhi, ‘scholar’ in Tamil).
What is your plan? Will you become a minister at the Centre?
I am here to work with others for the DMK. I don’t have a target to become a minister. You do not enter public life with a goal like that.
Isn’t the DMK today all about Karunanidhi’s family not ideology?
I don’t think so. The DMK is still about an ideology committed to the poor. Look at all our schemes — whether it is rice at one rupee a kilogram or aid for basic education. As for the family, there are many members of political families in politics today.
Should that be held against them?
Having a political parent may help your entry, but you have to prove yourself. I don’t think people are going to support you just because you belong to a family. You have to work for them.