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Manmohan visit cancellation a disappointment

By S. Dorairaj

CHENNAI, AUG. 28. The eleventh-hour cancellation of the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh's visit to the State scheduled for today and tomorrow, on health grounds, has come as a disappointment to many.

Dr. Singh himself regretted that a viral fever prevented him from making his first official visit to the State. "I have been advised to take rest to ensure that I can resume my duties at the earliest", he said in a letter to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president, M. Karunanidhi.

Scientists and experts of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research at Kalpakkam might feel down by the unexpected postponement of the function to lay the foundation for construction of a gigantic Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor.

In the political arena, both the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the DMK were thoroughly disappointed.

In fact, Dr. Singh's programme was revised yesterday to make it possible for the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, to meet him tonight and for him to call on Mr. Karunanidhi tomorrow.

Official sources said Ms. Jayalalithaa was scheduled to call on Dr. Singh at the Raj Bhavan immediately after his arrival here. Karunanidhi's letter

Mr. Karunanidhi, without hiding his disappointment at the cancellation of the visit, wished Dr. Singh speedy recovery. In a letter addressed to him, he said, "the people of Tamil Nadu and in particular myself were eagerly waiting for your visit to Tamil Nadu as Prime Minister of India. Although we were all greatly disappointed that your visit stands cancelled, we are very much concerned about your health."

The DMK chief further said, "Only people like me, who moved with you, know that the dubious campaign unleashed by the Opposition will have no bearing on your credibility and I strongly believe that your integrity can never be eroded."

The Prime Minister, in his reply to Mr. Karunanidhi, thanked him for his good wishes. "I was deeply touched by your concern. Your support and goodwill are very encouraging...I look forward to an early opportunity of undertaking this pending visit to Chennai, where I can pay my respects to you in person."

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