Chennai: A few hours after praising her for the passage of the Food Security Bill in the Lok Sabha, DMK chief M Karunanidhi got more effusive in his praise for Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. Making a speech at a private function in Chennai on Tuesday evening, the DMK leader compared Sonia Gandhi to a Tamil epic heroine, Manimegalai. Quoting from the famous epic of the same title, in which the heroine feeds thousands of people with the Akshaya Pathiram (a vessel which was always filled with food), Karunanidhi called Sonia 'India's Manimegalai'.
Claiming that there was nothing political in his praise for the Congress chief, Karunanidhi said, "I am merely looking at the issue from a humanitarian angle." Referring to her sudden illness during the Parliament session on Monday, Karunanidhi said it was quite possible that intense emotions could have caused it. "I can understand that it could be a very emotional moment for her since she was successful in getting the food bill passed in Parliament, which is a big achievement," he said.
He added, "We need several Manimegalais to help the crores of poor people. Sonia is one such Manimegalai." The DMK's mouth piece 'Murasoli' highlighted the portions of his speech on Sonia Gandhi.