Leader of the opposition AH Nazeem on Saturday said the government should 'give due respect' to DMK (supporting the Vaithilingam led ministry from outside) over holding programmes to celebrate the birth centenary of DMK founder and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister CN Annadurai.
Participating in the debate on the budget, Nazeem, elected from Karaikal, said the government should hold programmes to celebrate Annadurai's birth centenary and invite Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to the function.
The government should have got up functions at the start of the birth centenary year in 2008, he said,adding that there was still time to hold the programmes. The government should also have affixed name of Annadurai to any project in Puducherry.
Nazeem said Chief Minister V Vaithilingam should have specifically referred to Karunanidhi's name as he (Vaithilingam) had only generally acknwoledged the support of alliance parties in his august 5 budget speech.
The speech had stated that the ministry assumed office with the blessings of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and support of `our friendly alliance
In his replies to the debate Vaithilingam said it was a lapse and assured the House that Karunanidhi's name would be mentioned at an approriate place in an amendment of his speech
Vaithilingam also conveyed his greetings to MK Stalin on assumiing the office of deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
The opposition AIADMK legislator A Anbalagan however protested against this and staged a walkout.
Anbalagan said there was no convention to justify Chief Minister expressing greetings to a Deputy chief Minister of another State on the floor of the Assembly.