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Karunanidhi First Death Anniversary Event Highlights: Stalin condemns abrogation of Section 370, Mamata makes speech in Tamil

Karunanidhi First Death Anniversary Event Live: Catch the latest news in Chennai as we bring you live updates on the first death anniversary of Karunanidhi today.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: August 7, 2019 8:05:47 pm
Karunanidhi First Death Anniversary Event Highlights: Today marks the first death anniversary of DMK leader M Karunanidhi.

Karunanidhi First Death Anniversary Event Highlights: The first death anniversary of former Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK stalwart M Karunanidhi was observed in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. DMK cadres, led by party chief MK Stalin and Kanimozhi, took out a peace march to the memorial of Karunanidhi on the Marina beachfront at Kamarajar Salai. Later in the day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee unveiled a statue of the former DMK supremo.

Addressing the crowd at YMCA Auditorium in Tamil, Mamata started her speech with the traditional Tamil greeting ‘Vanakkam’. Mamata Banerjee said just like Mahatma Gandhi and B R Ambedkar, Karunanidhi too had worked towards the welfare of the people in the state. “He is no more but he is very much alive in our hearts,” she said.

Speaking about the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir and the arrest of former CMs, Mamata Banerjee said, “We are ready to sacrifice our lives but we cannot sacrifice our Tamil land, we cannot sacrifice our Bengal land, we cannot sacrifice our country.” Stalin said the special status should not have been revoked in Kashmir and added that the BJP was spreading communal hatred.

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20:01 (IST)07 Aug 2019
Mamata Banerjee concludes her speech in Tamil

Addressing the public at the meeting today, Mamata Banerjee urged them to fight thei challenges head on without any fear and concluded her speech in Tamil, with the phrase "Vanakkam, Vanakkam, Vanakkam!" She rounded it off with "Jai Tamil Nadu".

19:51 (IST)07 Aug 2019
Karunanidhi with Indira Gandhi

Karunanidhi was very close to his political mentor Annadurai, who he fondly referred to as Anna. 

Karunanidhi With Indira Gandhi. (Express Archive)
19:40 (IST)07 Aug 2019
Stalin condemns abrogation of article 370

Speaking about the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir by the Centre after scrapping article 370, DMK leader M K Stalin said that the special status should not have been revoked in Kashmir and added that the BJP was spreading communal hatred.

19:34 (IST)07 Aug 2019
Karunanidhi with P V Narasimha Rao

Besides being a prolific politician, Kalaignar was an excellent orator, whose speeches often inspired people, especially the youth in Tamil Nadu. 


PM P.V. Narsimha Rao being greeted by Tamil Nadu CM K. Karunanidhi at trace course in New Delhi on 15-5-1996. Express photo by Arun Jetlie *** Local Caption *** PM P.V. Narsimha Rao being greeted by Tamil Nadu CM K. Karunanidhi at trace course in New Delhi on 15-5-1996. Express photo by Arun Jetlie
19:31 (IST)07 Aug 2019
Our MPs made a statement in Parliament by taking oath in Tamil: Stalin

Speaking at the event to commemorate the first death anniversary of Dravidian major M Karunanidhi, Kalaignar's son and current DMK president M K Stalin said, "I cannot forget August 7 in my life. Our leader left us and reached his brother Anna. He proved that a state party can dictate terms in the Centre. In the last stages of his life, his thoughts revolved only around Arivalayam and Anna. We will unveil Kalaignar's statues across TN." 

Commenting on the 10 per cent Reservation Bill, Stalin said that those who had opposed the quota system earlier have welcomed the reservation now after they were allotted a 10 per cent quota. Speaking about MPs from Tamil Nadu having taken their oaths in Tamil at the Rajya Sabha this tear, Stalin said, "Our MPs made a statement in Parliament by taking oath in Tamil. Our MPS are keeping the opposition on their toes in Parliament." 

19:26 (IST)07 Aug 2019
Karunanidhi with wife Dayalu Ammal

M  Karunanidhi was fondly referred to as Kalaignar or Mutthamizharignar for his contributions to Tamil literature before his tryst with politics. 

Karunanidhi with second wife Dayalu Ammal. (Express archive photo)
19:16 (IST)07 Aug 2019
We cannot sacrifice our Tamil land: Mamata Banerjee

Speaking about the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir and the arrest of former Chief Ministers of the former state, Mamata Banerjee said, "We are ready to sacrifice our lives but we cannot sacrifice our Tamil land, we cannot sacrifice our Bengal land, we cannot sacrifice our country."

19:10 (IST)07 Aug 2019
Karunanidhi with V P Singh

Karunanidhi was the longest serving Chief Minister in Tamil Nadu, with over 6800 days in the office over five tenures. 

Former Prime Minister VP Singh with M Karunanidhi in New Delhi. (Express archive photo)
19:02 (IST)07 Aug 2019
Mamata Banerjee speaks in Tamil

West bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee addressed the crowd at YMCA Audiorium in Tamil today. Starting her speech with the traditional Tamil greeting, 'Vanakkam', Mamata paid her respects to the late Kalaignar and said that just like Mahatma Gandhi and B R Ambedkar, M Karunanidhi too had worked towards the welfare of the people in the state. "..he is no more but he is very much alive in our hearts."

Speaking on the late Kalaignar, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said that the leader always touched the hearts of citizens since he gave equal importance to people of all religions, nativity and walks of life. 

18:52 (IST)07 Aug 2019
Karunanidhi with Vajpayee

Kalaignar was a notable screenwriter, having written stories, novels, a multiple-volume memoir, besides contributing to Tamil literature before he entered the world of politics. 

Former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee with M Karunanidhi at a meeting in New Delhi. (Express archive photo)
18:47 (IST)07 Aug 2019
Veeramani commends Stalin's decision to invite Mamata Banerjee

Dravida Kazhagam leader, Veeramani addressed the public at the meeting at YMCA Auditorium in Royapettah, Chennai today and said, "DMK is a party for everyone. I appreciate M K Stalin for inviting iron lady Mamata Banerjee to unveil Kalaignar's statue. It is most fitting to invite Mamata for this occasion. Kalaignar fought for the state's rights, Mamata is fighting for state's rights." 

Veeran=mani continued, "I ask the people who bat for one government one religion one language one ration card, are you ready for one caste? Tamil Nadu and West Bengal fight for same justice. Netaji Subash Chandra Bose once said I'm a Dravidian from West Bengal." Veeramani had released a book on Kalaignar earlier in the evening today. 

18:25 (IST)07 Aug 2019
Karunanidhi with MGR

The late DMK leader, M Karunanidhi had had a political career which spanned 60 years, during which he was elected as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu five times. 


With a political career spanning more than 60 years, his first brush with politics was at the young age of 14. His biggest political opponent in the state was M.G. Ramachandran's ADMK and later Jayalalithaa. In Pic: Karunanidhi with friend-turned rival MGR (Express archive photo)
18:21 (IST)07 Aug 2019
In 2021, Stalin will become the CM: Narayanaswamy

Speaking at the public meeting which has been organised to observe the first death anniversary of Karunanidhi, Puducherry Chief Minister Narayanaswamy commented that just like his father, Stalin too was carrying out a lot of welfare work in Tamil nadu and declared that Stalin will become the Chief Minister of the state in 2021.

18:11 (IST)07 Aug 2019
State observes first year death anniversary of Karunanidhi

Dravidian major M Karunanidhi had passed away on August 7, 2018 at the age of  94. 

Former Tamil Nadu CM and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi passed away after battling illness at the Kauvery hospital in Chennai on Tuesday. Karunanidhi’s health condition was “extremely critical and unstable”, the last medical bulletin by Kauvery hospital said on August 7, 2018. (Express archive photo)
18:06 (IST)07 Aug 2019
Stalin rewards statue sculptor

DMK leader M K Stalin presented a ring to the sculptur who made the statue of Kalaignar today at the YMCA Auditorium in Royapettah, Chennai today.

18:04 (IST)07 Aug 2019
Book on Karunanidhi released

A book on Kalaignar on the eve of his first death anniversary was released. Dravida Kazhagam leader Veeramani released the book and presented West bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with the first copy. The two leaders were joined on stage by Puducherry Chief Minister Narayanaswamy, Sriperumbudur MP T R Baalu, DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran, DMK treasurer Duraimurugan and Tamil poet and lyricist Vairamuthu.

17:56 (IST)07 Aug 2019
Kalaignar's car takes the stage

The ambassador car which was used by the late Kalaignar was placed on the stage at the YMCA Auditorium in Royapettah, Chennai today ahead of the meeting. 

The car used by the the late Kalaignar. Express Photo: Janardhan Koushik
17:53 (IST)07 Aug 2019
Condolences paid to Sushma Swaraj and DMK leader Ayiram Vizhakku Hussain

Condolences paid for Sushma Swaraj and Thousand lights DMK leader Ayiram Vizhakku Hussain. Leaders and members of the public observed a minute of silence for the departed. 

17:52 (IST)07 Aug 2019
Karunanidhi's statue unveiled at Murasoli office

Dravidian major and former Chief Minister Karunanidhi's statue was unveiled at Murasoli office in Chennai today. Kalaignar's statue has been placed on the diares of the DMK leader.

The Statue of Karunanidhi was unveiled at Murasoli office today. Express Photo: Janardhan Koushik
17:48 (IST)07 Aug 2019
Crowds await arrival of leaders ahead of meeting

Crowds await the arrival of Crowds await the arrival of DMK leader M K Stalin, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Puducherry CM Narayanaswamy and Dravida Kazhagam leader Veeramani at YMCA Auditorium in Royapettah today.

The leaders have gone to Marina Beach to pay respects to the late Dravidian major at his final resting place.

Udhayanidhi Stalin, MK Stalin, DMK, Tamil Nadu Politics, Lok Sabha Elections, Kalaignar Karunanidhi, Youth Wing Seceretary, Indian Express News Udhayanidhi Stalin becomes the third youth-wing secretary of the party and second from Dravidian stalwart Karunanidhi’s family

DMK chief MK Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi Stalin has been appointed as the party’s youth wing secretary, party general secretary K Anbazhagan announced on July 4. Udhayanidhi, who is an actor, currently heads the Murasoli Trust.

READ | Udhayanidhi Stalin appointed DMK youth wing secretary

During the recent Lok Sabha elections and assembly bypolls, Udhayanidhi had actively campaigned for the party. The election was a litmus test to Stalin’s leadership as the DMK was contesting for the first time without patriarch M Karunanidhi at the helm.

M K Alagiri’s intentions were clear: a rally that would be a show of strength and a message to estranged younger brother and DMK chief MK Stalin. “I am Thalaivar’s son, I will do what I said,” Alagiri had thundered while announcing his plan to organise a “peace rally” on September 5 to mourn the death of his father and former DMK leader Kalaignar Karunanidhi.

READ | Alagiri’s rally: A show of strength with some signs of fear

The plan, as he announced, was a gathering of at least a lakh followers.

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