Making of a diversified Tamil Nadu: How he blended good politics, good economics for state’s growth

Written by Shaji Vikraman
| Mumbai |
Updated: August 8, 2018 7:30:42 am

Supporters outside the hospital after Karunanidhi’s death in Chennai. (Photo: Reuters)

In the run-up to the 1989 elections in Tamil Nadu, which came after a spell of President’s rule, the DMK had opposed the building of the nuclear power project in Kudankulam in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. But soon after his party came to power, DMK chief M Karunanidhi was in New Delhi for meetings. At one of those meetings, where he met senior IAS officers from the state who were working in ministries in the national capital, he sent for a secretary to the government. He told this officer that his party had indeed protested against the nuclear project, an agreement that had been signed first in 1988 between Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and his Russian counterpart Leonard…

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