Tamil Nadu CM salutes party members and asks them to refrain from meeting him in Pongal

Tamil Nadu CM Stalin has asked his party members to refrain from meeting him in person during Pongal due to Covid-19. (Image: PTI/File)

Stalin recalled that he made a similar call for New Year’s Day for the same reason, and marveled at the sense of control of cadres who accepted and adhered to it.

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  • Last update:January 12, 2022, 1:08 p.m. HST
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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MP Stalin on Wednesday urged DMK officials to refrain from greeting him in person in Pongal, and said the pandemic situation called for extreme restraint and strict adherence to measures. government security against COVID-19. While he will be immensely delighted to meet party members to exchange greetings, in the current environment, particularly amid rising coronavirus cases, he will be prudent to avoid crowding.

“I kindly ask you to avoid the congregation. It is absolutely mandatory to follow government guidelines on COVID-19 precautions,” said the DMK chairman, who steered his party to a dramatic victory after being in opposition for a decade.

In a letter to party members, Stalin recalled that he made a similar New Year’s appeal for the same reason, and that he was amazed at the sense of control of the cadres who accepted and adhered to it. “So, I ask you to observe it on this Pongal festival (mid-January). Be determined to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It will be an unprecedented Pongal gift that you will give me,” said the president of DMK .

Extending his greetings from Pongal to party officials, he said that there is an excess of love in hearts and joy in homes. The Pongal festival is a unique symbol of Tamil culture, a festival dedicated to peasants and a festival of thanksgiving to nature. He recalled that it was the DMK that identified Pongal as a Tamil festival. Legislators and party officials should ensure that government Pongal gift baskets reach recipients.

“May your hearts and minds be filled with eternal joy. Follow government guidelines on COVID-19 safety. Maintain social distancing and wear masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus,” Stalin urged.

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Joseph K. Bennett