DMK unfurls tricolour for the first time !
Going against its long-standing practice of not acknowledging Independence Day, the DMK, whose ideological foundation was firmed up on an anti-Congress plank, joined in the celebrations along with millions across the country. For the first time in the history of its 62 years of existence, the party unfurled the national tricolour on Independence Day at Anna Arivalayam, the party’s headquarters in Chennai. DMK organising secretary and MP TKS Elangovan hoisted the national flag and hundreds of DMK cadres participated in the function. The celebration came as a surprise to many DMK seniors. But the move could well be a shrewd strategy to flaunt nationalism at a time when the Anna Hazare movement is catching up and the mood of the nation appears to be against corruption, feel a section within the party. Others say it could be a gesture to project itself on the national forum, weakened as it is after its defeat in the state elections.