DMK WILL NOT TAKE PART IN M G RAMACHANDRAN'S CENTENARY EVENT: M K STALIN

CHENNAI- Accusing the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu of using late leader M G Ramachandran's birth centenary for "political mileage", DMK president M K Stalin Saturday said he will not take part in the valedictory function to be held here. 

"I am not in agreement with using MGR's name for political mileage and party politics in the garb of a government event.... I have decided not to participate in it," he said, referring to the valedictory slated to be held on Sunday. 

Stalin, the leader of opposition in the state Assembly, dubbed as "pompous" the event being organised by the government using taxpayers' money to further the "remaining political journey" of the incumbent All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government. 

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader said he, however, respected the "political culture" of including his name into the list of invitees for the function. 

The DMK chief accused Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his cabinet colleagues of "below par civility" for attacking his party, its late patriarch M Karunanidhi and his family at government-organised events to mark the MGR centenary in several districts. 

Urging the government to hold Sunday's event only to highlight the former chief minister's reputation, without "politicising" it, Stalin said the friendship between late leaders Karunanidhi and Ramachandran was above political differences.