I would have died if DMK lost Marina battle: Stalin

I would have died if DMK lost Marina battle: Stalin

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Turning emotional, DMK Working President M K Stalin said he “would have died” if his father and party president M Karunanidhi's mortal remains were not buried at the Marina Beach.

In his speech at the DMK Executive Council meet, Stalin narrated the harrowing experience he and his party seniors faced when the Tamil Nadu government refused to fulfill Karunanidhi's wish to be buried near the resting place of his mentor C N Annadurai on the Marina Beach, and the last-minute hearing by the Madras High Court.

Recalling a conversation with Karunanidhi during the 1990s, Stalin said his father had told him and senior party leaders that “he would have died” had the party lost the battle in the Election Commission that sought to take away the famous Rising Sun symbol from the DMK.

“Likewise, if the Madras High Court had not allotted Marina Beach according to my father's wish, the situation would have led to my own burial,” he told the meeting, adding that he even held the hands of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and pleaded with him to allot land on the Marina Beach for his father, but “the CM was unmoved.”