With daughter Kanimozhi’s sufferings in the sweltering Tihar jail in mind, DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi has launched a sharp attack on the central government, headed by alliance partner Congress.
For the first time since Kanimozhi — named as a co-conspirator in the 2G scam —was remanded in judicial custody, Karunanidhi blamed the Centre for its complicity or indifference to her plight.
Addressing a meeting at his new constituency, Tiruvarur near Tiruchirapalli, around 350 km south of Chennai, on Sunday to thank the voters, Karunanidhi elaborated on the cryptic remark he had made on his 88th birthday last Friday.
If one kept bad company, trouble is inevitable, the DMK patriarch had said.
On Sunday, he openly charged the Centre with a role in his daughter’s arrest and saw in it a plot to destroy the Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu, represented by him and his party.
“I will defeat the designs to destroy the party (DMK),” Karunanidhi said. “I am not quitting public life now. I will continue to fight with your support.”
While recounting the conditions inside the Tihar, where he went to meet his daughter last month, Karunanidhi broke down a few times.
“You know the conditions in Tihar jail? A flower kept there will wither away quickly due to the heat,” he told the gathering, which included his relatives and childhood friends.
He said he had found Kanimozhi mentally strong and ready to fight. “Her only fault was to join as a partner in Kalaignar Television, if she is guilty I am also equally guilty,” he said, distraught. “The fault is mine since I had asked her to join as a partner, considering her future,” he said.