Karuna slams Karat for calling DMK family controlled party
Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi reminded Prakash Karat that his wife is working with him in their party.
Chennai: Hitting back at CPI-M General
Secretary Prakash Karat for allegedly calling DMK a `family
controlled party`, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Thursday sought
to turn the tables on the communist leader, reminding him that
his wife is working with him in their party.
"He (Karat) has described DMK as Kudumba Munnetra Kazhagam
(family development party). Mrs Brinda Karat, who works along
with him, is the answer for this charge," Karunanidhi said,
Writing in the DMK mouthpiece `Murasoli`, Karunanidhi rued
that Karat was ignorant of the "good words" spoken by CPI-M
veteran, the late EMS Namboodiripad about the Dravidian party.
The DMK patriarch`s caustic reply came in response to
Karat`s reported comments in CPI-M`s mouthpiece `Thekkathir,`
(Tamil) that DMK, "known for voicing its views on
Central-state relations and state autonomy, has been relegated
to a family-controlled party, with the money looted by it used
in elections to retain power."
Karunanidhi in his article recalled the many visits of
Karat to his house a few years ago, especially at the height
of Indo-US nuclear agreement over which the Congress and its
then ally Left were divided.
"I don`t know why Karat, a friend who found place in my
heart, is spreading canards. I can`t find an answer to why he
is doing like this," he said.
Responding to Karat`s reported allegation that he was
"desperate" to retain power, Karunanidhi recalled the words
of Namboodiripad saying, "even during emergency period Tamil
Nadu was the only place with the air of freedom."
"I pity that Karat is not aware of that or he has
forgotten that," Karunanidhi said.
The left parties, who were part of the DMK alliance in the
last Assembly polls, had contested the recently held elections
as part of DMK`s bitter rival, the AIADMK-led front.