Sri MGR Year, 25th January, Friday
When our beloved Leader Puratchi Thalaivar MGR was elected as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in 1977, he recommended Thirunavukarasar (earlier known as Thirunavukarasu) as the Deputy Speaker, he was elected and did his job as the Deputy Speaker in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from 1977 to 1980.
Later MGR in his second term appointed him as one of the Cabinet Ministers.
Recently in Thuglaq Tamil weekly Thirunavukarasar has written an article about his political life. In this he had given many insights into MGR’s behaviour in Assembly.
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In 1980 when MGR’s government was dismissed by Central Government ruled by Indira Gandhi, ADMK went on to contest the general elections against the Giant alliance between Congress and DMK.
Thirunavukarasu was selected to contest in Aranthangi constitutency but one of the party member against MGR’s wish also contested as an Independent. And the rumour was that when this independent candidate (along with help of some ADMK cadres) is elected he will again join ADMK. On the election tour to Aranthangi, Thirunavukarsu made his appeal to MGR. At that time MGR was looking very tried and half asleep, Thirunavukarasu was not sure about MGR has heeded his request. But on the stage MGR raised this issue and told that whoever contesting against ADMK party order are not welcomed. Further he stated I made him the Deputy speaker, if Thirunavukarasu wins this election or not he will be my Cabinet Minister this time. (How confident is MGR with Tamil Nadu people.)
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From Thuglaq magazine.