A quiet birthday for Stalin
Published: 02nd March 2010 03:28 AM |
CHENNAI: Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin on Monday had a quiet 58th birthday without any grand arrangements. But the love and affection showered by the DMK cadre on him made the occasion a grand one.
Except for a few wall-posters, no cut-outs or banners could be seen around his house and in other parts of the city keeping in his directive to the party functionaries last week. To mark the occasion, party workers organised blood donation camps and distributed welfare assistance to the needy throughout the State.
Early in the morning, Stalin went to Gopalapuram and received the blessings of parents Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and Dayalu Ammal. Returning home, he cut a cake in the presence of wife Durga and other members of the family. Stalin received the visitors for many hours and all of them were given food packets and water while returning.
Stalin’s elder brother Union Minister M K Alagiri greeted him by offering a shawl. While Karnakata Chief Minister B S Yeddiyurappa greeted him over telephone, many Central and State ministers, IAS and IPS officers, including DGP Letika Saran, industrialists and people from all walks of life called on him.
There was a long queue in the street where Stalin’s house is located and police had a tough time in regulating the crowd. The youth wing cadre were wearing T shirts sporting Stalin’s image, and books on Stalin’s political career made a hot sale there.
The gifts brought by the cadre included fruits, flowers, shawls and cakes. A group had brought rare species of birds. A group of visually impaired people from Coimbatore also turned up to greet the minister.
Those who called on him included his sister and MP Kanimozhi, Pondicherry Chief Minister Vaithilingam, actors S Ve Shekher, Thiyagarajan and Prasanth, DGP Letika Saran, DK president K Veeramani, VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan and writer Jayakanthan.
Governor Surjit Singh Barnala sent his secretary to convey his greetings with a bouquet.