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Karunanidhi hopeful of Centre’s announcement

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Making Tamil official language of High Court


He recalls Union Law Minister

H.R. Bharadwaj’s assurance




M. Karunanidhi

CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Sunday hoped that the Centre would soon announce Tamil as the official language of the Madras High Court.

In a statement here, he recalled Union Law Minister H.R. Bharadwaj’s assurance that the Centre would not object to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s demand and would indeed consider it favourably. His assurance came after PWD Minister Durai Murugan reminded the Centre of the State Government’s demand at a conference of the Chief Ministers and Chief Justices.

Reacting to the criticism that he blindly surrendered Tamil Nadu’s interests in the Hogenakkal drinking water project, Mr. Karunanidhi said if violence had broken out in Karnataka which was going to polls, it would have served as an eye-opener to the critics.

“Where were these critics all these years when the project was remaining idle? They are raising questions when DMK government is reviving the project with financial assistance from the Japan Bank for International Co-operation. It is strange,” he said.

On DMDK leader Vijayakanth’s argument that instead of depending on the Japanese bank the State government could forcibly collect money from the two persons who regularly fund political parties, the Chief Minister said though he was in politics for so many years he was not aware of the two persons. “But Mr. Vijaykanth knows all these things in a short span after his entry into politics. Even if I know them I don’t have the habit of collecting money from them,” he quipped

Commenting on AIADMK MLAs claim that they had the CD containing the telephonic conversation between Chief Secretary L.K. Tripathy and a senior police official, Mr. Karunanidhi asked “where will they hide themselves if we show them the documents pertaining to the corruption cases in the AIADMK regime.”

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