Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says late Tamil Nadu politician Muthuvel Karunanidhi played a leading role in strengthening social and people-to- people relations between South India and Sri Lanka.
The Prime Minister said that the cooperation Karunanidhi rendered in widening diplomatic relations between the two countries should be remembered.
In a message of condolence on the death of Karunanidhi, the Prime Minister said in a statement today throughout his political career that spanned over eight decades, Karunanidhi won the hearts of people both in Tamil Nadu and in India.
“He is a person who valued religious and communal harmony and I would like to mention an important statement he made that outlined his interest in Buddhism at the occasion of his swearing in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 13th May 2006. Most of his supporters encouraged him to change the date of taking oaths for the belief that 13th is an inauspicious day. The Vesak procession organised by the Maha Bodhi Society Chennai was to be held on the same day but he was firm in his decision to take his oath on the 13th May mentioning that if the Vesak procession was to be held on that day, it would not be an inauspicious day for him to take his oath,” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister said that Karunanidhi will be remembered forever by the people in Tamil Nadu for his immeasurable service. (Colombo Gazette)