Only you can give nation secular govt: DMK to Sonia


After extending crucial support to the Centre on the FDI in retail issue, DMK on Saturday sought to cement its ties with UPA with its chief M Karunanidhi saying the nation "looks up to" UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to provide a "secular and stable" government.

"As chairperson of UPA, you have been crossing a number of roadblocks tactfully and facing many hurdles successfully. As it is often said, obstacles are stepping stones to greater success," he said in a message to Sonia, who turns 67 on Sunday.

The nation "looks up to you only at this critical phase" to provide a secular and stable government at the Centre, he said adding that "despite certain impediments, the achievements of UPA government have been quite impressive". "The poor and middle classes of people of this country certainly realise your abiding interest in their livelihood and welfare," Karunanidhi said in the message.

DMK leaders led by T R Baalu met Sonia at her residence in Delhi and presented bouquets to her. Acknowledging that she received Karunanidhi's greetings, Sonia thanked the DMK leader.

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