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Karunanidhi passes away

Karunanidhi passes away
Late M.Karunanidhi
CHENNAI, AUG 7 (IANS): | Publish Date: 8/8/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

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Former Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK president, M. Karunanidhi, who was one of the two poles in the state and who was in public life for 80 long years, died on Tuesday evening after waging a grim battle for life in a city hospital, leaving a void in the Dravidian politics and triggering nationwide mourning for an essentially regional leader.
“With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi at 6.20 p.m.,” said a statement from Kauvery Hospital.
The news of the 94-year-old mass leader’s death cast a pall of gloom across the sprawling state which he had enticed all his political career through powerful oratory and script writing that changed the course of politics and the way Tamil cinema was made and helped the DMK’s growth. He was just 14 when he became a student activist. The Tamil Nadu government announced a week-long mourning. A DMK leader said Karunanidhi’s mortal remains will be laid to rest on Wednesday.
Karunanidhi leaves two wives-- Dayalu and Rajathi, three sons including DMK working president M.K. Stalin and former Union minister M.K. Alagiri, daughter Kanimozhi (MP) and several grandchildren.
Controversy over burial: A controversy erupted in Tamil Nadu as the state government denied land on Chennai’s Marina beach for the burial of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi next to his political mentor and DMK founder CN Annadurai. 
Later, Tamil Nadu chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan issued a press release saying the state government was willing to give two-acre land for Karunanidhi’s burial near Gandhi Mandapam.
Following this, the party cadres approached the Madras High Court, seeking an emergency hearing. The High Court’s acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh called for a hearing at 10.30 p.m. Tuesday. 
Hearing the news that land has been denied for their leader’s burial at Marina, DMK workers went on a rampage near Kauvery Hospital. The police resorted to mild lathicharge to disperse the crowd. 

Stalin appealed to his party workers to maintain peace.

President, PM, CM others condole
President of India, R. Kovind; Prime Minister Narendra Modi; Congress president Rahul Gandhi and several others leaders from across the country expressed their condolences.
“Extremely sad to learn of the passing of Thiru M. Karunanidhi. A doyen of our public life, as a contributor to the development of Tamil Nadu and of India he has few peers. Our country is poorer today. My condolences to his family and millions of well-wishers,” President Kovind stated on twitter.
Prime Minister Narandra Modi also took to twitter. “Deeply saddened by the passing away of Kalaignar Karunanidhi. He was one of the senior most leaders of India. We have lost a deep-rooted mass leader, prolific thinker, accomplished writer and a stalwart whose life was devoted to the welfare of the poor and the marginalised,” Modi said.
CM: Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, and deputy chief minister, Y Patton, have expressed deep grief over the demise of former chief minister of Tamil Nadu and DMK president M Karunanidhi.
In a condolence message, Rio described Karunanidhi as one of the tallest leaders, who made significant contributions to the development of Tamil Nadu and towards the progress of the country. 
State chief minister also said “he has few parallels and was an iconic leader of a regional party that achieved recognition even at the national level and was an inspiration to the entire political class, especially to regional parties all over the country.”
Rio said his demise was a great loss for Tamil Nadu, adding that the country was poorer with his absence. The chief minister conveyed deepest condolences to the members of the bereaved family and prayed to Almighty God to let his soul rest in peace.
DY. CM: State deputy chief minister, Y Patton, also said that Karunanidhi was among the tallest leaders not only in Tamil Nadu politics but also in the country. “As a doyen of politics, he exercised ample influence in choosing Prime Ministers of the country at different times,” Patton said.
DMK under Karunanidhi’s leadership, Patton said had played enormous role in Tamil Nadu politics, which the people would continue to remember for long. 
Further, he said that Karunanidhi’s concern for the poor and downtrodden won him hearts of many people not only within his state but other parts of the country.
State deputy chief minister expressed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and Tamilians across the globe at this hour of grief and prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi also twitted saying: “Loved by the Tamilian people, Kalaignar strode the stage of Tamil politics, like a colossus, for over 6 decades. In his passing, India has lost a great son. My condolences to his family as also to the millions of Indians who grieve for their beloved leader.”
NDPP: Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) expressed grief over the death of M Karunanidhi, a veteran political leader from Tamil Nadu, who passed away Tuesday at the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai. 
In a condolence note, NDPP president Chingwang Konyak said late Karunanidhi’s illustrious journey as an accomplished writer and as five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu and ten-time president of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam won him the hearts of many Tamilians as well as people of other regions of the country. 
He said Karunanidhi’s vocal self-assertion in numerous issues made him a leader to be reckoned with as he was an iconic figure in Indian politics.
Chingwang said he was also one of the tallest regional leaders, who had been acknowledged even at the national level. Late Karunanidhi was and will remain an inspiration to all regional parties, Chingwang added.
Chingwang, on behalf of NDPP and all its rank and file extend deepest condolences to the people of Tamil Nadu and Tamilians around the world in this hour of grief and prayed for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace. 
NDPP said India was poorer today due to the passing away of a great leader.

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