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Baalu elected DMK parliamentary party leader

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, MAY 28. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam parliamentary party today elected the Union Surface Transport Minister, T.R.Baalu, as its leader in both Houses. The party has appointed Viruthalai Virumbi DMK parliamentary party secretary to liaise between the parliamentary party and the DMK leadership.

At the meeting held here, the DMK Labour wing leader, S.Kuppusamy, was elected party leader in the Lok Sabha and R.Shanmughasundaram, leader in the Rajya Sabha.

A. Krishnasamy will be the chief whip. Assisting him will be A.K.S.Vijayan. The DMK's Rajya Sabha member, Sarath Kumar, will be the treasurer.

Addressing presspersons, the DMK president, M. Karunanidhi, said the United Progressive Alliance's Common Minimum Programme included most of the demands the party put forth during an agitation last December. The problems which found a mention included sharing of Cauvery waters, implementation of the Sethusamudram project, setting up of desalination plants and repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act. A desalination project would be inaugurated here, which was a welcome step, he said. The DMK was satisfied with the final CMP.

A party release said that there were no words even in Tamil - which is to be declared a classical language - to thank the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, for having included most of the party's demands.

Asked whether the existing proceedings in the Madras High Court meant a delay in setting up desalination plants here, Mr.Karunanidhi said there was no stay against the proposed Central Government project. The one that was stayed was the Minjur project, he said.

On the demand for a separate state of Telengana, he said he was in favour of a consensus.

Earlier, Mr.Karunanidhi handed over cheque for Rs. 1 lakh from the DMK trust to Malvika Iyer, who secured 483 marks out of 500 in this year SSLC examinations, despite her handicap. She lost both her hands in an accident.

The Union Health Minister, R.Anbumani, and the Union Minister of State for Railways, R.Velu, called on Mr.Karunanidhi, at the party headquarters.

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