Captains of industry salute Karunanidhi’s acumen

Hail him as the architect of industrial revolution in the State

Industrial leaders paid tributes to departed former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, hailing him as a doyen of industrial development in the State and the country.

At a meeting organised by Southern India Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) and other industry bodies in Tamil Nadu on Saturday, they recalled their association with the leader on handling various issues.

Heaping praise on the former Chief Minister, they said that he was a statesman, who could easily make the traditional work with the modern.

He was the architect, who laid the foundation for the Information Technology revolution in the State with the pioneering TIDEL Park at Taramani, they said. Be it his versatile handling of crisis situations or grooming the State into an industrial hub, he was a man of excellence, they added.

Chairman Emeritus of SPIC, A.C. Muthiah said it was during Kalaignar’s regime that Tamil Nadu emerged as a notable achiever State and he (Karunanidhi) was always cordial with industrialists in solving major issues pertaining to industries.

Describing him as multifaceted politician and irreplaceable, chairman Thiagarajar Mills, M. Karumuttu T Kannan recalled his acumen in handling various issues brought before him.

‘Modern day reformer’

Chairman of TVS Motors Company, Venu Srinivasan called him a ‘modern day reformer’ and the greatest statesman who brought equality in people.

Chairman of India Cements, N. Srinivasan said Karunanidhi was unique in understanding the needs of the people’s requirements and he did everything for thm. Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, B. K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar said Karunanidhi must be honoured with ‘Bharat Ratna’. Chairman of CavinKare, C.K. Ranganathan, chairman of Simpsons Group, A. Krishnamoorthy, chairman of PGP Group, Palani G. Periasamy and other industrialists paid their tributes to the DMK leader.

Leader of the Opposition and DMK president, M.K. Stalin, Dayanidhi Maran, M.K. Kanimozhi, MP, and legislators attended the meeting.

A short film on Karunanidhi’s contributions to the industrial growth of the State was screened on the occasion. SICCI president M. Rafeeque Ahmed and senior vice-president of SICCI R. Ganapathi spoke.

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