MK Stalin, the president of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), on Saturday said that the time has come for constructive politics, with focus on states.
In a letter addressed to party workers, Stalin, the son of late K Karunanidhi, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, also said that the days when it was believed that Hindi-speaking states make India are over.
“Gone are the days when it was believed that only Hindi-speaking states make India. Now it is time for constructive politics, with a central focus on the states,” Stalin said.
“Whichever party comes to power at the Centre, it cannot neglect the states. It is time to support and embrace all kinds of races,” he said.
He also said that the verdict of the Tamil people in the Lok Sabha elections proves that no one can destroy the Dravidian movement.
“The verdict of the people of Tamil Nadu is that they will not be here to destroy the Dravidian movement, no matter how many seeds they plant,” he said in a tweet referring to his political opponents.
“The coming period is a period of constructive politics that centres on the states,” he added.
The DMK-led alliance won 37 out of the 38 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu, where the ruling AIADMK-led alliance was routed.
The DMK also won 13 of the 22 Assembly seats for which the bypolls held along with the Lok Sabha polls. With this victory, the total number of DMK members in the Tamil Nadu Assembly has increased to 101.
Earlier today Stalin paid floral tributes to his father at the latter’s memorial in Chennai’s Marina.
The DMK chief was accompanied by his MPs and MLAs, including K Kanimozhi, Dayanidhi Maran and TR Baalu. All of the leaders placed wreaths at former Chief Ministers Anna and Karunanidhi’s memorials amidst slogans.
According to reports, DMK is expected to hold a meeting of its newly-elected MPs, including 13 first timers. Kanimozhi, the DMK leader in Rajya Sabha, will be making her Lok Sabha debut after she won from the Thoothukudi constituency defeating state BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan.
Karunanidhi, the longest-serving CM of Tamil Nadu, passed away last year in August.
(With inputs from IANS.)