A  birthday celebration without the birthday boy? Nothing could have been more symbolic of the quandary the country’s Opposition parties find themselves in. The top leaders will be in Chennai on June 3 to attend the mega birthday rally of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi (he turns 94) and also celebrate his 60 years as a legislator—a national rec­ord. The only hitch—the birthday boy would not be seen at the public function, confined as he is to his bedroom for the past six months.