Karunanidhi burial at Marina Beach: DMK supremo and former Tamil Nadu chief minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi was laid to rest on the Marina beachfront as thousands of supporters bid him a tearful farewell after an unsavoury courtroom battle his party won to secure for him the final resting place at the Chennai landmark.
The 94-year-old Dravidian stalwart, who was affectionately called as Thalaivar and Kalaignar, had breathed his last at Kauvery hospital after fighting for life for 11 days. He had been battling age-related ailments for a long time. He was buried with full state honours next to his mentor and former chief minister C N Annadurai at the Marina beach.
A host of dignitaries including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, and his Kerala, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh counterparts Pinarayi Vijayan, K Chandrasekhar Rao and N Chandrababu Naidu were in attendance.
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. No Hindu rituals were performed as Karunanidhi was a self-proclaimed atheist and rationalist, Also read | M Karunanidhi (1924-2018): A Titan Departs | Follow LIVE Updates