Karunanidhi calls move on Tamil New Year political vendetta

Continuing war of words with chief minister Jayalalithaa over Tamil New Year, DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Saturday said she had unilaterally reversed his government’s move to celebrate the Tamil New Year from the first day of Tamil month Thai to first day of Chithirai 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 chief 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 true Tamils will realise this soon,” he said.

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