Senior DMK leader Duraimurugan completes 50 years as lawmaker, hailed

Overcome by emotions and welled up eyes, Duraimurugan thanked everyone and promised to spend the rest of his life in a manner worthy of their praises.

Published: 24th August 2021 05:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th August 2021 05:23 AM   |  A+A-

Tamil Nadu Water Resources Minister Durai Murugan (Photo | EPS)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The State Assembly on Monday passed a resolution moved by Chief Minister MK Stalin to unanimously congratulate octogenarian DMK leader Duraimurugan, who has completed 50 years as a legislator. Cutting across party lines, all leaders in the House paid rich encomiums on the veteran leader. Overcome by emotions and welled up eyes, Duraimurugan thanked everyone and promised to spend the rest of his life in a manner worthy of their praises.

A sniffer dog and its handler returning after
checking the premises of the Assembly before
the budget session on Monday | P Jawahar

During the zero hour, the Chief Minister said, “This Assembly has a history of 100 years and Duraimurugan has spent half a century as a legislator here. That is why he is guiding the proceedings as the Leader of the House now. After the demise of my father M Karunanidhi, and former DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan, Duraimurugan has been my guide regarding party affairs.” 

The veteran DMK leader opened his account in the State Assembly from Katpadi constituency in 1971, got elected from the same constituency eight times and represented Ranipet constituency two times. “He registered deep views on issues of his constituencies in the House for five long decades. He is a treasure trove of information on the Cauvery issue, beginning from the 1924 agreement inked with the neighbouring State,” Stalin further said. 

Deputy Leader of the Opposition O Panneerselvam noted that Duraimurugan has always been a guidepost for the legislators and Ministers on how to conduct themselves in the Assembly. “He was very fond of our leader MG Ramachandran. At the same time, he also showed affection and loyalty to Kalaignar. Duraimurugan is well known for his humorous remarks, while expressing his views in the House,” he added.

In his acceptance speech, Duraimurgan said, “For the first time in the Assembly, words fail me. I promise that I will spend the rest of my life worthy of whatever you have said about me. My leader (MK Stalin) has totally surprised me by moving this resolution. I will remain grateful to him throughout my lifetime.” Overcome by emotion, he broke down into tears during the speech.   

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What they said in house

Anna Library was ruined due to the AIADMK government. They even rented the library halls for marriage functions. Only after an HC order was this practice stopped

— MK Stalin, Chief Minister

The government has committed to construct 1,000 check dams across the State at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore. Hence, I earnestly invite demands from MLAs in this regard. This project will be implemented without any bias

— Durgaimurugan, Water Minister

The govt will carry out temple developmental works worth Rs 1,000 crore. It has already allocated Rs 100 crores for works in various temples. Rs 130 crore has been allocated for one-time pooja at 12,600  temples

— Sekar Babu, HR&CE Minister

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