DMK chief Karunanidhi turns 88

Chennai:  The DMK President and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has turned 88 amid continuing suspense over his daughter Kanimozhi`s bail plea and his party coping with the election drubbing.

The decades-old party, founded by Dravidian veteran C N Annadurai, intends to make the birthday an opportunity to redeem itself, with all claims of coming back to power on the basis of performance falling flat and the 2G spectrum scam making a heavy dent on its image.

Kanimozhi and DMK`s trusted member and former Telecom Minister A Raja are cooling their heels in Delhi`s Tihar jail for their alleged role in the 2G scam, often described by Karunanidhi`s arch rival and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa as that of "Himalayan proportions."

At a time when speculations are abuzz that Karunanidhi may choose to remain low profile with the odds heavily stacked against his party, the DMK last week gave a clarion call to its supporters to go all guns blazing over his birthday.

"To prove that DMK, which has continued to work for the oppressed Dravidian people, has not done away with its efforts to continue working for the Tamil people, we are duty-bound to celebrate the birthday of our leader," party general secretary K Anbazhagan had said last week.

He had urged the party followers to celebrate Karunanidhi`s birthday in every nook and corner of the state.