Karuna, Jaya row over Tamil New Year
Last year it had been celebrated on the first day of Tamil month Thai, which has since been revised by the ruling AIADMK. In 2008, Karunanidhi had announced that the Tamil New Year would be celebrated on the first day of the auspicious month of `Thai`, coinciding with the harvest festival of Pongal.
However, the Jayalalithaa government had reversed the New Year to Tamil month of "Chithirai"(April) after it assumed power defeating DMK in the April 13 Assembly polls.
To a question on the alleged delay in relief works in cyclone affected areas of Cuddalore and other areas, he said he was of the opinion that opposition parties should cooperate with the government at such times "and I have done that," he said in an apparent reference to his visiting the affected areas.
He had earlier said that he will assess the various relief measures required to be taken by the Central and state governments and take it up with them.