Hailing Mother Teresa for 'having dedicated her life to the service of the poor and ailing,' Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Saturday said the Centre should have celebrated the missionary's birth centenary all over the country rather than just releasing a commemorative coin on her.
In his address at the birth centenary celebrations of Mother Teresa organised by the state government, Karunanidhi also chided other states including West Bengal, where she lived, for allegedly not celebrating the occasion.
Responding to Congress MLA S Peter Alphonse, who said that his party-led UPA had released a coin in her honour, Karunanidhi said the Centre could have done more.
"Alphonse did not let (Congress-led) government down and pointed out that it had released a coin. But that would not have been all and her birth centenary should have been celebrated all over the country," he said.
The Centre had in August released the commemorative coin to mark the birth centenary celebrations of the Mother.
Claiming that his party was following the ideals preached by Mother Teresa, the DMK president said the replacement of hand-pulled rickshaws with cycle rickshaws by his government was a sign of the party's respect for the path shown by her.
He said the hand-pulled rickshaw was still in vogue in the Left-ruled West Bengal.
Senior Congress leader and MP Oscar Fernandes lauded the state government for its various welfare measures including the Kalaignar Housing Scheme and the rice scheme.