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Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President M.K. Stalin, on Saturday, said as a message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that India is not just about Hindi-speaking states. It was in a letter written to the DMK cadres, Stalin said: “Gone are the days when it was believed that only Hindi-speaking states make India. No single state can be ignored whichever party took over reins of power at the Centre”.

He also said that the future was all about constructive politics that centred around the states. “State-centric constructive politics ought to be the norm in times ahead. No government at the centre can ignore any state. The days that Hindi-speaking states alone were India have vanished. It’s time to embrace and carry along all states,” Stalin said.

Stalin’s remarks about the importance of states came on the same day that Narendra Modi was appointed as prime minister for the second term and delivered a speech in the Central Hall of Parliament.

Stalin’s party won 23 seats in the Lok Sabha, results for which were declared on May 23. The alliance comprising the DMK, Congress, Left parties and the Indian Union Muslim League won 37 out of 38 seats in Tamil Nadu where the ruling AIADMK-led alliance was routed.

The DMK had also won 13 of the 22 Assembly seats for which the by-polls held along with the Lok Sabha polls. With this victory, the total number of DMK members in the Tamil Nadu Assembly has increased to 101.

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