Thousands gather in Chennai to pay tribute to Kalaignar

RSTV Bureau
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DMK chief M Karunanidhi laid to rest at Marina Beach on Wednesday with a surge of emotions which ran at his funeral. Family members paid their last respects to Karunanidhi.

Thousands of people arrived at Marina Beach  for Kalaignar’s last rites. Political leaders from various political parties attended the funeral.

Karunanidhi was buried with full military honours with soldiers giving him a gun salute and buglars sounding the last post.

Karunanidhi’s son and heir apparent M K Stalin received the national flag wrapped around his father’s body. Other family members including the leader’s wife Rajathi Ammal, other sons and daughters showered flower petals at his feet.

Earlier in a day, wrapped in tricolour, the mortal remains of the five-time chief minister M Karunanidhi had moved to the Rajaji Hall for the public to pay their last respects.

Political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam paid tribute to Kalaignar.

 

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The Madras High Court overruled Tamil Nadu government and allowed the burial of Karunanidhi on the famed Marina sands alongside his mentor and former chief minister C N Annadurai.

Mayhem broke out as a sea of mourners huddled at Rajaji Hall to pay respect to DMK chief. Police resorted to lathicharge following the scuffle between the crowd and security personnel gathered at the hall.

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Karunanidhi’s son and acting DMK President, MK Stalin appealed the crowds to keep calm.

M Karunanidhi passed away on Tuesday evening at the age of 94 after waging a grim battle for life. Kalaignar breathed his last at Chennai’s Kauvery hospital leaving a void in Tamil Nadu politics.

The government of India declared one day national mourning over Karunaidhi’s demise and Tamil Nadu govt announced seven days of state mourning as the state grieves the loss of a significant leader.

Karunanidhi was five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and dominated the state’s politics for six decades.

In 1957, he was elected to the Madras Legislative Assembly from Kulittalai constituency for the first time. In 1961, Kalignar was made DMK treasurer and later in 1969 he became Chief Minister after DMK ideologue CN Annadurai died in office.

(With agency inputs)