Chennai: To mark the birth centenary year of late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M Karunanidhi, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Wednesday launched a mass tree planting drive to plant 5 lakh saplings along roads across Tamil Nadu. The main event was organised at the Highway Research Station, Guindy in Chennai on Wednesday (June 7).
சென்னை, கிண்டியில் உள்ள நெடுஞ்சாலை ஆராய்ச்சி நிலைய வளாகத்தில், முத்தமிழறிஞர் கலைஞர் அவர்களின் நூற்றாண்டு விழாவையொட்டி, 5 இலட்சம் மரக்கன்றுகள் நடும் திட்டத்தினை மாண்புமிகு முதலமைச்சர் @mkstalin அவர்கள் மரக்கன்று நட்டு வைத்து தொடங்கி வைத்தார். pic.twitter.com/XgaqX9nDOH
— CMOTamilNadu (@CMOTamilnadu) June 7, 2023
Taking to his official Twitter handle, Stalin wrote,
If we grow the tree, The tree will feed us! If we visit his Gopalapuram residence, this motto will welcome us! I inaugurated the 5 lakh tree saplings project at the Highway Research Institute premises in Guindy, Chennai, as a centenary event of the Chief Artist.
M Karunanidhi entered the Tamil Nadu assembly in 1957 and become the chief minister in 1969 after then-chief minister and DMK leader CN Annadurai’s death.
He passed away in 2018. Annadurai, who had breathed his last in 1969, had served as the first Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
Apart from being a politician, M Karunanidhi was an accomplished writer and he wrote almost daily for the DMK’s newspaper ‘Murasoli’.
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