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Youth Wing hogs the limelight on opening day

S. Ganesan

Younger generation will determine the future of the party, says Stalin Dravidar Kazhagam president K. Veeramani opened a `Sudar Maadam' depicting leaders of the self-respect movement to commemorate the completion of 80th year of the movement.

TIRUCHI : The three-day ninth State conference of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam opened in the city on Friday.

With the first's day proceedings being devoted to the silver jubilee celebration of the party's Youth Wing, deputy general secretary and moving force behind the wing M. K. Stalin set the tone, making a clarion call to Wing members to prepare themselves for sacrifices in the fight to dethrone the "jungle raj" in the State. "Victory at all costs," should be the spirit, he told a large gathering of members.

Earlier, party president M. Karunanidhi, who arrived at the venue along with Mr. Stalin to a tumultuous welcome, hoisted the party flag while general secretary K. Anbazhagan inaugurated the meeting.

Dravidar Kazhagam president K. Veeramani opened a `Sudar Maadam' depicting leaders of the self-respect movement to commemorate the completion of 80th year of the movement.

The first day's event clearly belonged to Mr. Stalin with the second-rung leaders of the Youth Wing hailing him as the undisputed leader of the younger generation in the party. However, he was quick to caution the members against aspiring for power and position.

Assuring them that he would stand by them shoulder-to-shoulder, Mr. Stalin traced the history of the Wing and its role in the party over the past 25 years, he observed that the character of the younger generation would determine the future of the party.

History history is all set to repeat itself and Tiruchi, which was the venue of the party's State conference in 1996 and several other meets in yesteryears, would yet another time set a turning point in the political history of the State.

Earlier, Mr. Veeramani asked the youth to imbibe and follow the ideals of Periyar and his self-respect movement. The ideals of the Dravidar Kazhagam, parent body, and the DMK were one and the same. The two organisations enjoyed a long-standing and unbreakable bond and the relationship would continue on the strength of the common ideologies, he said.

The Youth Wing deputy secretaries, A. Asokan, S. T. Sampath, E. G. Sugavanam and M. P. Saminathan, were among those who spoke.

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