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Anna did not indulge in machinations, says DMK

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He was simple, forthright and an unparalleled leader, says Arcot N. Veerasamy

CHENNAI: : Former Chief Minister C.N. Annadurai was a democrat and did not indulge in "Machiavellian machinations," Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam treasurer Arcot N. Veerasamy has said.

Referring to the article on Annadurai written by R. Kannan in The Hindu on September 15, he said in a statement that Anna was an "unquestioned and unparalleled leader" and it was not necessary for him to indulge in such machinations. "Anna was simple, frank and forthright."

He said the DMK had always upheld Anna's vision of inclusiveness. Several lakhs of Scheduled Castes and Tribes have been registered as party members. "The DMK is the only party in India that has made it compulsory that there should be an office-bearer from the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes right from the branch level to the headquarters level."

He said whenever the DMK was part of the Government ruling the Centre, it had tried to fulfil the State's needs. During the V.P. Singh Government, the Mandal Commission recommendations were implemented and the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal was constituted. During the NDA Government, there was an abundant flow of FDI into Tamil Nadu.

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