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Karunanidhi death reactions HIGHLIGHTS: Central govt has decided to accord state funeral, says MHA

Karunanidhi death reactions HIGHLIGHTS: A press release by Executive Director of Kauvery Hospital, said, "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."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 8, 2018 4:45:18 pm
Karunanidhi death reactions DMK patriarch and former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi breathed his last at Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital today.

DMK patriarch and former Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi passed away Tuesday at the age of 94 after battling prolonged illness at the Kauvery hospital in Chennai. The 94-year-old leader was earlier shifted to the hospital on the intervening night of July 27-28 following a dip in his blood pressure. He had been in the ICU ever since.

“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,” a press release by Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive Director of Kauvery Hospital, said.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people have gathered outside the hospital in downtown Alwarpet, some of whom have kept vigil since Monday evening after the word spread about a marked decline in the 94-year-old leader’s condition. A man was seen beating himself on the chest and face in utter desperation. A woman in the crowd fainted as others
rushed to her help, sprinkling water on her face.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned Karunanidhi's death and called him a deep-rooted mass leader who steadfastly committed to the welfare of Tamils.

22:20 (IST)07 Aug 2018
Tamil Nadu Govt must take all measures, for last rites of Karunanidhi to be performed near Anna memorial: Rajinikanth

Tamil Nadu Government must take all measures, for last rites of Karunanidhi to be performed near Anna memorial. This would be the highest respect we would be paying to him. This is my humble request: Rajinikanth

22:15 (IST)07 Aug 2018
Karunanidhi did not onlt represent Tamil Nadu but India as a whole, says former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah

"A great leader has passed away, he did not only represent Tamil Nadu but India as a whole. He fought for federalism and for Tamil people. The people of Tamil Nadu will never forgive State Govt if it denies burial land which is requested by DMK," said Farooq Abdullah

22:03 (IST)07 Aug 2018
Nitish, Sushil mourn DMK leader M Karunanidhi's death

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today expressed profound grief over DMK president M Karunanidhi's death. he former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister died at the age of 94 after a prolonged illness in Chennai. In his condolence message, Kumar said that the country has lost a big political personality who always kept democratic values at the top. He was a leading personality of social and economic uplift in Tamil Nadu.

22:02 (IST)07 Aug 2018
Nitish, Sushil mourn DMK leader M Karunanidhi's death

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today expressed profound grief over DMK president M Karunanidhi's death. In his condolence message, Kumar said that the country has lost a big political personality who always kept democratic values at the top. He was a leading personality of social and economic uplift in Tamil Nadu.

21:50 (IST)07 Aug 2018
Central govt has decided to accord state funeral to M Karunanidhi: MHA

National flag to fly at half-mast tomorrow in Delhi, all state capitals and across Tamil Nadu as a mark of respect to M Karunanidhi, said MHA

21:20 (IST)07 Aug 2018
TN Govt should not play politics, said Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on govt denying land for memorial at Marina beach

'TN Govt should not play politics. On such occasions, Govt & parties should be above politics. Kalaignar should be given his due. He deserves rightful place even after his demise,' said Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress on TN Govt denying land for memorial at Marina beach

21:00 (IST)07 Aug 2018
President Kovind extends condolences, says he was a doyen of our public life
20:51 (IST)07 Aug 2018
Karunanidhi was a respected leader, says BJP's Ram Madhav

"I offer my condolences to the family of M Karunanidhi ji. He was a senior and respected leader, he had an important contribution to the politics of Tamil Nadu," said Ram Madhav, BJP

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20:32 (IST)07 Aug 2018
No one can forget Karunanidhi's struggle against Emergency: Shah

BJP chief Amit Shah expressed grief over DMK president M Karunanidhi's death today and recalled his impressive life journey, saying no one could forget his struggle when the Emergency was imposed in 1975. The former Tamil Nadu chief minister died at 6.10 pm at the age of 94 after a prolonged illness.

20:25 (IST)07 Aug 2018
7-day mourning and public holiday declared for tomorrow

Tamil Nadu Government declares public holiday for tomorrow and seven-day mourning

20:22 (IST)07 Aug 2018
Karunanidhi was a great leader who worked for the downtrodden, said LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan

He was a great leader, who worked for the downtrodden. It is a big loss for the whole country, said Sumitra Mahajan, Lok Sabha Speaker 

20:13 (IST)07 Aug 2018
Deve Gowda said Karunanidhi had shown path to regional parties

"He had shown the path to regional parties, its a tragic moment for his workers and those who loved him. He was a mature leader and a statesman. Pray to almighty that his soul rests in peace: HD Deve Gowda, former prime minister

20:07 (IST)07 Aug 2018
DMK's M K Stalin has appealed to party workers to maintain peace

M K Stalin in a statement has appealed to DMK workers to maintain peace and discipline,thanks doctors and the management of Kauvery Hospital.  DMK president M Karunanidhi died here today after prolonged illness, the city hospital where the leader was admitted, said. The 94-year old leader's end came at 6.10 p.m. "With deep anguish we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar M Karunanidhi on 07.08.2018 at 6.10 pm. Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond.

20:02 (IST)07 Aug 2018
Had met CM and submitted a request for a 'Samadhi' near Anna memorial, said a senior DMK leader

"We had met CM and submitted a request for a 'Samadhi' near Anna memorial, he had accepted our request then, but has not communicated anything in this regard till now," Durai Murugan, senior DMK leader.

19:56 (IST)07 Aug 2018
Congress party has lost an important friend, said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala

Country has lost a great leader. Our condolences to the entire DMK family. Congress party has lost an important friend. A loss that will be difficult to recoup, said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala

19:54 (IST)07 Aug 2018
Karunanidhi contributed to fields of politics, cinema and literature, said Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami

"It is saddening to know about the demise of M Karunanidhi . The DMK chief was someone who had contributed to the fields of politics, cinema and literature," said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami in a statement. 

19:53 (IST)07 Aug 2018
In his death, India has lost a political stalwart, said Telangana CM KC Rao

In his death, India has lost a political stalwart and it will be difficult to fill the void caused by his sad demise. Telangana CM KC Rao has expressed his condolences to the bereaved members of the family: Statement

19:47 (IST)07 Aug 2018
Karunanidhi's demise is big loss for Tamil Nadu, said Union Minister Radhakrishnan

"His demise is a big loss for Tamil Nadu & the whole country. On behalf of BJP and myself, I pay tributes to Karunanidhi: Pon Radhakrishnan, Union Minister. The sharp-tongued, quick-witted Karunanidhi was a five-time chief minister, who 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.

19:37 (IST)07 Aug 2018
Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu expressed sorrow over Karunanidhi's death

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandrababu Naidu expressed deep sorrow over passing away of DMK President and Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi: statement

19:32 (IST)07 Aug 2018
Today I lost my Kalaignar, said Rajinikanth

"Today is a black day in my life, one which I can never forget as I lost my Kalaignar. I pray for his soul,' said Rajinikanth. Meanwhile, security has been enhanced at the hospital and the Gopalapuram residence of the nonagenarian leader. A general alert has been sounded across the state and security tightened at vital installations, officials said.

M Karunanidhi, five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu and a lifelong campaigner for social equality, died on Tuesday at the age of 94. The sharp-tongued, quick witted Karunanidhi 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.

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First published on: 07-08-2018 at 07:19:35 pm
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