Tamil new year issue: Karuna joins with Jaya

Last Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 20:12

Chennai: Continuing the war of words with AIADMK supremo and chief minister Jayalalithaa over the Tamil New Year issue, DMK president M Karunanidhi on Saturday said she had "unilaterally" reversed his government`s move to celebrate it in January out of "political vendetta."
Quoting extensively from Tamil literature and scholars` publications to buttress his claim that birth of Tamil month Thai (January) ushered in the New Year, he charged Jayalalithaa with acting unilaterally in this issue.

"One can understand that I made enough research before making the change in 2008 even as Tamil scholars and poets had already arrived at a decision in this regard. But she had charged me with enacting the law unilaterally," he said writing in the party mouthpiece `Murasoli.`

The DMK patriarch said it was Jayalalithaa who had "unilaterally" reversed his government`s decision out of "political vendetta,".

"History will prove this one day and it is atrocious to try to erase Tamils` identity and more so the wrong justifications and true Tamils will realise this soon," he said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 20:12

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