PM meets ailing Karunanidhi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Nov 2017 08:45:38



PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met ailing DMK supremo M Karunanidhi, a former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, even as the regional party indicated that the meeting did not have any political overtones.This was the first meeting between the two leaders after Modi became the prime minister in May 2014.The meeting at Karunanidhi’s Gopalapuram residence during which Modi enquired about his health lasted for about 20 minutes.

Modi sat next to wheelchair-bound Karunanidhi, 93, and held his hands. “Met former Tamil Nadu CM, Thiru M Karunanidhi and enquired about his [email protected],” Modi wrote on his official Twitter page. The Opposition DMK indicated that not much should be read out of the meeting and that it was a courtesy call. “Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) is a very senior leader in Indian politics. Modi has respect for Kalaignar,” DMK spokesperson T K S Elangovan said.

He said that in the past, when both were Chief Ministers, they used to greet each other during meetings in Delhi and this has been the practice. “This is a courtesy call,” he said, adding, the meeting was only to greet the leader who is recuperating.
Karunanidhi’s son M K Stalin, who is DMK Working President, welcomed Modi at the gate of the residence and honoured him with a red shawl. Stalin, also Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly, in his official twitter page said that Modi during the meeting wished Karunanidhi a “speedy and full recovery.”