Tamil Nadu minister Kalimuthu

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Two Wives for a Minister!

N. Kunjithapatham

TAMIL TRIBUNE, July 1998 (ID. 1998-07-02)
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Recently there was much "hoopla" about Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi having two wives. Actually, the second "wife" is not "legally" his wife although she enjoys all the rights and privileges of a wife. This not a secret, illegitimate affair behind his first wife or the public either. This is a long-lasting, open matter. Everyone who knows Chief Minister Karunanidhi personally as well as party leaders know of his "two wives". He introduces his second wife as "Kanimozhi's mother". Kanimozhi, his daughter from his second wife was married a few years ago and a number of top leaders attended the wedding.

Chief Minister Karunanidhi is not the only politician to have two wives. Kalimuthu of AIADMK has two "wives" also. He used to be a minister when the late M. G. Ramachandran was the chief minister.

M. G. Ramachandran broke away from DMK and started the AIADMK in the early 1970s because of differences with DMK President Karunanidhi. Kalimuthu also quit DMK and joined AIADMK. It caused an unenviable situation in the home front. One of his wives supported his chosen leader M. G. Ramachandran but the other wife was an ardent follower of Karunanidhi. Wonder how she voted during the election! Did she vote for her husband or his DMK opponent chosen by DMK President Karunanidhi?

Now to the bigger question. An opponent of Karunanidhi has recently filed a petition that Karunanidhi should be dismissed from his chief minister position because he has two wives. It raises an interesting question: if having "two wives" is cause for dismissal, what about those who have sex without the benefit of a marriage? How many chief ministers, prime ministers, ministers, governors and presidents should have been dismissed for that?

The first Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, maternal grandfather of Rajiv Gandhi, was alleged to have an affair with the wife of a British officer and an Indian musician. If these allegations were true, should he have been dismissed by the President of India? Now that he is gone, if these allegations were true, should his statues and memorials be removed because he had "disgraced" the office?

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