Following the demise of former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi, the state government has declared a public holiday on Wednesday, August 8. In an official release, Chief Secretary Girija Viadyanathan said all educational institutions, state government offices, public sector undertakings and government controlled bodies would remain closed tomorrow.
Karunanidhi passed away on Tuesday at the age of 94 after battling a prolonged illness at the Kauvery hospital. “With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi on 07.08.2018 at 06.10 pm. Despite the possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond,” the hospital said in its medical bulletin.
தமிழ்நாடு அரசின் தலைமைச்செயலாளர் முனைவர் கிரிஜா
வைத்தியநாதன், இ.ஆ.ப. அவர்களின்அறிக்கை – நாள் 7.8.2018 pic.twitter.com/7bGsZsdIBI
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“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,” the hospital further said.
PM Narendra Modi is going to Chennai tomorrow to pay his last respect. “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,” tweeted PM Narendra Modi.
“Kalaignar Karunanidhi stood for regional aspirations as well as national progress. He was steadfastly committed to the welfare of Tamils and ensured that Tamil Nadu’s voice was effectively heard,” Modi said.