Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expresses grief over death of M Karunanidhi

08 August, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Kim Reid
  • #JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

After the state government declined the DMK's request, the party appraoched the Madras High Court for permission to bury Karunanidhi at Marina Beach.

He became the first in the country's political history on July 27 to became the first leader to enter the 50th year as president of a party. AIADMK led Tamil Nadu government had allotted a 2-acre land at Sardar Patel Marg.

DMK cadres continued to mass in large numbers outside the Kauvery Hospital where Karunanidhi, 94, has been admitted since July 28.

He is on continuous monitoring and being treated with active medical support, a statement from the Chennai hospital where the veteran leader is admitted said.

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All India Dravida Munntra founder MG Ramachandran, former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and DMK founder C Annadurai have been buried at the Marina beach. "So technically, former Chief Minister should be on the other side where other former CMs are buried", said Gurumurthy.

On July 27, 1969, M. Karunanidhi was elected as the president of DMK.

"As Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for several times, he made significant contributions in the development of the state and played a crucial role in national politics as well", said the Chief Minister.

As a script writer he would have lived a life of obscurity in the shadows of film stars who enjoy cult status in Tamil Nadu.

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A masterful practitioner of modern-day politics, he wielded considerable influence beyond his own state, in the corridors of power in New Delhi, for a long time, sewing up alliances with both the Congress and the BJP, often drawing criticism from his rivals, who called him an opportunist. He is known to have a great memory too.

"We profoundly mourn the loss of one of the tallest leaders of India and we share the grief of family members and fellow Tamilians worldwide", it added.

In 2007, his remarks over Lord Rama in conection with Ramsetu bridge stormed a huge political controversy when he allegedly said, "Some say there was a person over 1.7 million years ago". Karunanidhi is considered as the leader who has always been concerned about his party and its people.

Nearly half a century ago, the DMK in its conference at Trichy in February 1970 floated one of its most popular slogans "Maanilathile Suyatchi, Mathiyile Kootatchi" (Autonomy for states; federalism at the Centre), in an attempt to continue party founder Annadurai's demand to restructure Centre-state relations and to staunchly resist any attempt that infringed the state's prerogatives.

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