"Though, I would very much like to attend the function at Patna and personally congratulate you and your Council of Ministers, I am sorry that I am unable to move out of Chennai," Karunanidhi said in a letter to Nitish Kumar.

The Bihar Chief Minister has invited Karunanidhi for the swearing-in function. The DMK chief said his wife, Dayalu Ammal, was admitted to the Apollo Hospital here. "She is in the ICU, therefore, I am deputing my son, M K  Stalin, Treasurer of the DMK and former Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to attend the swearing-in at Patna, on my behalf," he added.

Terming the swearing-in ceremony 'really a great and historic occasion,' he said the victory of the Grand Alliance in Bihar, is 'very remarkable and this will be reverberating in the democratic history of India'.

He stated the Grand Alliance Nitish had formed in partnership with RJD and Congress 'has proved to be a very formidable' force.

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