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Narendra Modi in Chennai LIVE: PM's 10-Minute Meeting With Karunanidhi Sets Off 2019 Buzz

News18.com | November 6, 2017, 2:56 PM IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi met DMK chief Karunanidhi at the latter’s Gopalpuram residence in Chennai, setting off speculation of a possible alliance ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The PM’s visit comes amid a power tussle within the AIADMK and a day before an “important political announcement” by actor Kamal Haasan.

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Nov 6, 2017 2:56 pm (IST)

Tamil Nadu BJP President Tamilisai Soundarajan told reporters that Modi invited Karunanidhi to his home in Delhi. Karunanidhi reciprocated with a smile, she said. Karunanidhi has been off active politics for about a year now since age-related ailments have kept him home-bound. The 10-minute meeting comes amid political turmoil in the state where the EPS-OPS faction of the ruling AIADMK is struggling to retain majority in the face of TTV Dinakaran’s defiance against stepping aside. The BJP had helped broker peace between the E Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam camps earlier this year, but the combine has not yet been able to retrieve the party’s ‘two-leaves’ symbol which was frozen by the Election Commission.

Nov 6, 2017 2:56 pm (IST)

PM Narendra Modi reportedly greeted Karunanidhi with "Vanakkam, Sir", sat near the 93-year-old and held his hand. Accompanied by Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Pon Radhakrishnan, Modi was with the DMK leader for about 10 minutes before winding up his visit. Karunanidhi's son MK Stalin, who was on a visit to Sharjah, cut short the trip and returned to receive Modi at Karunanidhi's residence. Kanimozhi, Karunanidhi's daughter, and Rajathi, Karunanidhi's second wife, and DMK General Secretary Durai Murugan were also present. The Prime Minister was briefed about Karunanidhi's health by his doctor. This is the first time Modi has met Karunanidhi at his residence.

Nov 6, 2017 2:54 pm (IST)

PM Narendra Modi reportedly greeted Karunanidhi with "Vanakkam, Sir", sat near the 93-year-old and held his hand. Accompanied by Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Pon Radhakrishnan, Modi was with the DMK leader for about 10 minutes before winding up his visit. Karunanidhi's son MK Stalin, who was on a visit to Sharjah, cut short the trip and returned to receive Modi at Karunanidhi's residence. Kanimozhi, Karunanidhi's daughter, and Rajathi, Karunanidhi's second wife, and DMK General Secretary Durai Murugan were also present. The Prime Minister was briefed about Karunanidhi's health by his doctor. This is the first time Modi has met Karunanidhi at his residence.

Nov 6, 2017 2:13 pm (IST)
Nov 6, 2017 2:12 pm (IST)

Pictures from PM Narendra Modi’s big visit are out. In this photo, the PM is greeted by DMK Working President MK Stalin on his arrival at Karunanidhi’s Gopalpuram residence in Chennai. (Image tweeted by @kalaignar89)

Nov 6, 2017 1:33 pm (IST)

PM Narendra Modi meets DMK chief Karunanidhi at the latter’s Gopalpuram residence in Chennai on Monday. (Image tweeted by @kalaignar89)

Nov 6, 2017 12:37 pm (IST)

PM Narendra Modi has now left DMK chief Karunanidhi's residence. Sources have told News18 that this was a courtesy call, as the former CM was not keeping well.

Nov 6, 2017 12:18 pm (IST)

PM Narendra Modi reaches DMK chief Karunanidhi’s Gopalpuram residence, is greeted by MK Stalin at the entrance

Nov 6, 2017 12:03 pm (IST)
 

Speaking at the Dina Thanthi event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured all assistance to the rain-ravaged state in tackling the fallout of the heavy downpour in the capital and some districts, including Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur. "I assure all possible support to the Tamil Nadu government to tackle the situation due to rains," Modi said. The prime minister expressed grief over the rain-related deaths.

Nov 6, 2017 11:42 am (IST)

Media should make extra efforts to maintain credibility and also indulge in healthy competition. Editorial freedom must be used wisely in public interest, says PM Modi

Nov 6, 2017 11:32 am (IST)
Nov 6, 2017 11:24 am (IST)

PM Narendra Modi in Chennai: The then British government was fearful of India’s vernacular press. It was to muzzle vernacular newspapers that the Vernacular Press Act was enacted in 1878. The role of newspapers published in regional languages remains as important today, as it was then. 

Nov 6, 2017 11:17 am (IST)
Nov 6, 2017 11:16 am (IST)

PM Narendra Modi: Today, newspapers do not just give news. They can also mould our thinking and open a window to the world. In a broader context, media is a means of transforming society. That is why we refer to the media as the fourth pillar of democracy. 

Nov 6, 2017 10:33 am (IST)

PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the city comes amid buzz in the state of veteran actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan taking the political plunge. In fact, it comes a day before the latter is set to make an “important political announcement”, coinciding with his birthday.

Nov 6, 2017 10:31 am (IST)

The prime minister will also attend the wedding of the daughter of Dr TV Somanathan, a senior official in the PMO, at Raja Annamalaipuram.

Nov 6, 2017 10:23 am (IST)

Karunanidhi fell ill in October, 2016 due to a drug-induced allergy. In December last, he was admitted to the Kauvery Hospital here twice. The veteran leader was admitted to the hospital for "optimisation of nutrition and hydration" in the first week of December and later, due to a throat and lung infection. He had undergone tracheostomy, a procedure to optimize breathing. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had called on the DMK patriarch at his residence in December, 2016. The nonagenarian leader had made his first public appearance on October 19 this year, the first since his illness, when he visited an exhibition here held to showcase the 75-year journey of DMK's mouthpiece, 'Murasoli'.

Nov 6, 2017 9:42 am (IST)

PM Narendra Modi has arrived in Chennai to participate in the 75th anniversary celebrations of the Daily Thanthi newspaper. Modi is also likely to meet DMK chief Karunanidhi. 

Narendra Modi in Chennai LIVE: PM's 10-Minute Meeting With Karunanidhi Sets Off 2019 Buzz
PM Narendra Modi meets DMK chief Karunanidhi at the latter’s Gopalpuram residence in Chennai on Monday. (Poornima Murali)
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