Tiruchy: A strong anti-Congress sentiment prevailed in the DMK, which began preparations for the TESO conference with a meeting of activists here on Tuesday. Despite all the curbs by the leadership against attacking its United Progressive Alliance (UPA) ally, speakers devised innovative ways to express their suppressed anger and resentment against the Congress. A senior headquarters functionary described the Congress as a corpse and wondered how long the corpse should be carried on their head, in an apparent expression of his frustration over continuing the alliance with the Congress.
The senior functionary, known for his proximity to DMK leader M Karunanidhi, also took an indirect dig at the popularity of the various factional leaders of the Congress, which polled about five per cent votes in the local body polls which it contested on its own. In a satirical comment, he said: Each Congress faction leader has following in lakhs in the State.
Despite the official sanction to attack the AIADMK, speakers rarely took on their arch-rival, while Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko and World Tamil Forum leader P Nedumaran, who are strong critics of the DMK on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue were treated softly. However, popular director and Naam Thamizhar leader P Seeman was not spared.
Even though most of the speakers expressed anguish at the harsh criticism of Vaiko and Nedumaran, none of them came forward to answer their questions. Only recently, Vaiko, who visited the city, recalled how LTTE leader Velupillai
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Chennai: In a move that will supplement the income to the state exchequer, the government has passed an order that will allow five-star hotels in Chennai, Tiruchy, Coimbatore and Madurai to keep their bars open round the clock. According to an order passed through the Home, Prohibition and Excise department last week, hotels that have a five-star rating in Chennai and Tiruchy can keep their bars open as long as...
12:15 PM, Jul 05, 2012