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MK statue unveiling by Sonia, public meeting, to be Oppn's show of strength

MK statue unveiling by Sonia, public meeting, to be Oppn's show of strength

Chennai, Dec 15 (UNI) A galaxy of National leaders, including

former Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi,

would ascend in the city on Sunday as part of building a secular

front to take on the BJP-led NDA at the Centre.

The occasion is to unveil a life size bronze statue of late Chief

Minister and DMK President M Karunanidhi at the Party

Headquarters 'Anna Arivalayam'.

The statue would be unveiled by Ms Sonia Gandhi in the presence

of DMK President M K Stalin, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N

Chandrababu Naidu, his Kerala and Puducherry counterparts Pinarayi

Vijayan and V Narayanasamy respectively, Trinamool Congress

Supremo Ms Mamata Banerjee, leaders of CPI, CPI(M), IUML, MMK

and other parties.

After unveiling the statue, the leaders would drive down to the

sprawling YMCA grounds, where a mega public meeting would

be held,that was expected to give shape to forge a 'Grand Alliance'

ahead of the Lok Sabha poll due in 4-5 months time.

After walking out from the BJP-led NDA, Mr Naidu had been making

efforts to unite all the secular parties under one roof and cobble

up a formidable alliance against the Centre.

The meeting was expected to be a show of strength of the Opposition.

This would be the second meeting of the Opposition parties after

the one held at New Delhi and chaired by Congress President Rahul

Gandi in which detailed discussions were held to oust what they

called the 'fascist' and 'communal' BJP from power as it has been

destroying institutions like the CBI, RBI and the ECI.

Buoyed by the Congress headed by Rahul Gandhi unseating BJP in

the Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan,

besides Chhattisgarh in the recent Assembly poll, the Opposition

now have enough ammunition to take on the BJP-led NDA.

Apart from paying tributes to Karunanidhi, the leaders were

expected to trains their guns on BJP, which was facing the

ire of Opposition parties, especially after the sudden quitting

of the RBI Governor recently.

Meanwhile, security has been tightened across the city in view

of Ms Sonia Gandhi's visit and that of other national leaders.

Soon after her arrival, Ms Sonia would pay tributes at the memorial

of Karunanidhi on the Marina Beach front. Later, she would unveil

his statue and proceed for the public meeting.

Reports also said that Superstar Rajinikanth, who has confirmed

his entry into politics but was yet to formally float his own party,

was expected to attend the statue unveiling function.

UNI GV CS 1300/ 1328

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