The 2019 Lok Sabha elections were very rewarding for the DMK in Tamil Nadu, with the party winning in 37 of the 38 constituencies. Early on Saturday morning, DMK’s leader MK Stalin led his group of MPs and MLAs to Karunanidhi’s memorial on Chennai’s Marina.
The group walked on the Marina promenade with Stalin, Kanimozhi, Dayanidhi and TR Baalu leading the march. They placed wreaths at former Chief Ministers Anna and Karunanidhi’s memorials on the Marina, amidst slogans like ‘Thalabathiyin thalabathiye’ (Chief’s Chief), ‘Ezhundhu va’ (rise and come) and so on.
DMK’s stalwart politician K Karunanidhi passed away in Chennai due to age related ailments last year on August 7.
It was earlier announced that the DMK has on its agenda a parliamentary party meeting of the newly elected MPs at 5 pm on Saturday at their headquarters in Teynampet. The meeting will be attended by its 13 first time MPs, including Kanimozhi who is already a member of the Rajya Sabha.
At the end of the meeting, it remains to be seen if Thoothukudi MP Kanimozhi who is the present leader of the party MPs in Rajya Sabha, will also be made leader of party MPs in Lok Sabha as well. The party’s whip will also be chosen during this meeting.
A success meet between DMK and its allies is expected to be held on June 3, Karunanidhi’s birth anniversary, in Chennai.
Meanwhile, P Raveendrananth Kumar, son of O Paneerselvam and the only AIADMK MP who won from the Theni constituency, is planning on meeting the Prime Minister in Delhi on Saturday with his eyes on a Minister of State position.
Raveendranath, according to sources, has requested to become the Minister of State in either the Communications, Aviation or Fertilisers Ministry. However, the BJP is apparently considering a post for him in the Ministry of Shipping. The post was earlier held by BJP leader Pon Radhakrishnan who faced an embarrassing defeat in the Kanyakumari constituency this time.