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
DMK president and former Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi died on Tuesday at 94. The Madras High Court has finally granted permission to bury his mortal remains at the Marina beach. Also read about Thalaivar's final journey in Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi
Burial next to mentor Anna
Gun shots are being fired in respect to the late leader as the coffin is being lowered. The mortal remains of Karunanidhi are being lowered into the burial pit behind the samadhi of his mentor and DMK founder C N Annadurai at Marina beach with full state honours.
Casket has been closed
The casket has been closed as family members are seen weeping inconsolably.
MK Stalin and family are inconsolably in tears near the coffin
MK Stalin and the family are inconsolably in tears near the coffin. The mortal remains of Karunanidhi will be lowered into the burial pit behind the samadhi of his mentor and DMK founder C N Annadurai at Marina beach with full state honours.
Karunanidhi's mortal remains transferred to coffin
The mortal remains of Karunanidhi are being transferred to the coffin. He will be laid to rest alongside his mentor C N Annadurai on the Marina beach.
DMK's Anbazhagan pays floral tributes
Anbazhagan, one of the longest political companions of Karunanidhi, pays final respects to the Dravidian stalwart.
Family members pay final respects
Azhagiri, Rajathi Ammal and other family members pay their final respects to the DMK chief, who will be laid to rest alongside his mentor C N Annadurai on the Marina beach.
M K Stalin was the first to pay floral tributes. He is followed by Selvi, Durga Stalin, and Tamizharasu. Kanimozhi and her husband pay their respects.
Mallika Maran, wife of the late Murasoli Maran, pays respects. She is followed by the Maran brothers.
Army, Navy and the Air Force pay last respects to Kalaignar
The national flag was removed from Karunanidhi's body and was handed over to the family members by armed forces personnel. The personnel of the Army, Navy and Air Force pay their last respects.
Leaders across party lines pay tribute to Kalaignar
Rahul Gandhi, Chandrababu Naidu, Veerappa Moily and Narayanaswamy pay their last respects to DMK patriarch Karunanidhi. Devagowda, Pon Radhakrishnan, Governor Purohit, Ghulam Nabi Azad also paid their homage.
Rahul Gandhi at last rites ceremony of Karunanidhi
Karunanidhi's mortal remains reach Anna Square
Karunanidhi's mortal remains have reached the Anna Square in a gun carriage, reports The Hindu. DMK patriarch's daughter and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi has arrived at Anna Memorial.
Prominent leaders reach Anna Memorial
Prominent leaders have reached the Anna Memorial. Media baron and Karunanidhi's grandnephew Kalanithi Maran is also seen seated beside MK Alagiri
Chennai: Karunanidhi's funeral cortege enters Wallajah Road
The cortège with the mortal remains of five-time chief minister Karunanidhi has entered Wallajah Road, crossing the statue of his mentor C. N. Annadurai, reports The Hindu.
DMK supporters wave party flags amid slogans praising Karunanidhi
According to the Hindu, Karunanidhi has been wrapped with the tricolor. The DMK flag is also placed beside his head. Supporters wave party flags amid slogans praising the Dravidian stalwart.
Kalaignar's final journey begins
DMK patriarch and five-time chief minister M Karunanidhi's final journey has begun. His mortal remains are now being carried from Rajaji Hall to Anna memorial on the Marina beach, where he will be laid to rest alongside his mentor C N Annadurai.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan pays last respects to Karunanidhi
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Governor P Sathasivam, and Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala paid their homage to the Dravidian stalwart at Rajaji Hall.
Karunanidhi's funeral procession to begin at 4 pm
The funeral procession of Karunanidhi will start at 4 p.m and he will be laid to rest at the Marina beach near the Anna memorial in Chennai, the party said. According to a party statement, the procession would begin from Rajaji Hall, where his mortal remains are kept for public homage, by 4 p.m, and proceed through Sivananda Road and Thanthai Periyar Road to reach Anna Square.
He would be buried adjacent to mausoleum of former Chief Minister and his mentor C N Annadurai on the sands of Marina, it said. 'Party supporters and public are requested to stay calm during the procession and pay their respects to the unparallelled leader,' it said.
The golden casket in which the mortal remains of Karunanidhi would be laid to rest will have the engraving in Tamil, 'Oivu edukamal uzhaithavan, idho oivu eduthu kondu irukiran, meaning 'one who worked hard without taking rest, is resting in peace here'.
Two killed in stampede outside Rajaji Hall
Two people were killed and several injured in a stampede outside Rajaji Hall where thousands of DMK supporters had gathered to get a glimpse of M Karunanidhi. The police resorted to lathicharge after failing to control the crowd. Minor scuffles broke out between police personnel and supporters who thronged Rajaji Hall to pay their last respects.
Two dead in stampede as crowd gets out of control
Two people died in the stampede outside Rajaji Hall, where thousands are still thronging to get a glimpse of their 94-year-old leader.
Two dead in stampede at Rajaji Hall where thousands are still thronging to get glimpse of their 94 year old leader. His regional political leadership at the helm of DMK encountered nearly a dozen Prime Ministers of India #RIPKarunanidhi @IndianExpress— Arun Janardhanan (@arunjei) August 8, 2018
Stampede-like situation outside Rajaji Hall
Largest ever crowd at Rajaji Hall, to pay respects to #Kalaignar #Karunanidhi. Near stampede situation as the police couldn't control over One Lakh people inside and outside the premises, at least two severely injured and many others with injuries shifted out @IndianExpress— Arun Janardhanan (@arunjei) August 8, 2018
The man who slogged ceaselessly is now taking rest here, reads Karunanidhi's coffin
Late DMK chief Karunanidhi's coffin reads, 'Oyamal uzhaithavan, idho ingu oiveduthukondirukiran' which translate to 'The man who slogged ceaselessly is now taking rest here.'
— ANI (@ANI) August 8, 2018
Leaders, actors in attendance to pay respect
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and his cabinet colleague pay their last respects to DMK chief M Karunanidhi at Rajaji Hall. (Source: PTI)Actor Rajinikanth at Rajaji Hall (Source: PTI)Union Defence Minister at Rajaji Hall to pay respects to the late DMK chief. (Source: PTI)
Stalin addresses the crowd
MK Stalin addresses the crowd outside the Rajaji Hall and asks them to maintain calm. "Those who are in power are trying to create chaos, but you have all shown the strength of the cadres."
Karunanidhi’s village lines up at his ancestral house to pay tribute
As the news of the death of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi trickled in, a pall of gloom descended on his native village Thirukkuvalai in Tamil Nadu. For a village whose identity is synonymous with the name ‘Karunanidhi,’ its residents turned up in large numbers at the DMK chief’s ancestral house to pay tribute. Read More
Watch tussle between Police and crowd at Rajaji Hall
Sri Lanka President, predecessor and other political leaders express sorrow over Karunanidhi's demise
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa and several other political leaders in the country express sorrow at the demise of Karunanidhi. "The death of M Karunanidhi, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and senior politician, deeply disturbed me. I express my deepest sympathy for everyone, including his family and supporters who have been saddened by the loss of Anna," Sirisena tweeted.
Deeply saddened by the demise of former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Kalaignar Karunanidhi. His contributions to Tamil literature, cinema, & politics are unparalleled. I join the millions of people who are mourning. My deepest condolences to the family & people of Tamil Nadu.— Mahinda Rajapaksa (@PresRajapaksa) August 7, 2018
Sonia Gandhi writes to MK Stalin: 'Kalaignar's loss very personal'
Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi wrote to MK Stalin, expressing her condolences over the death of his father and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi. "I am deeply saddened at the passing away of your revered and beloved father, Thiru M Karunanidhi," she wrote.
Calling the DMK stalwart, 'a towering figure in the world of politics and public service', she hailed him as a leader who stood for social justice and equality.
She further said, "For me, Kalaignar's loss is very personal. He always showed me great kindness and consideration, which I can never forget. He was like a father figure to me."
TN govt will not challenge Madras HC order
The AIADMK government decided against challenging the Madras High Court order, which allowed the burial of the late veteran leader M Karunanidhi on the Marina beach.
Tamil Nadu government not to challenge Madras High Court order allowing burial of K Kaninanidhi’s mortal remains on the Marina behind Anna Samadhi, says TN Advocate General Vijay Narayan @IndianExpress
— Ananthakrishnan G (@axidentaljourno) August 8, 2018
Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'brien to visit Chennai for the funeral
Karunanidhi ji a legendary figure, it is a great loss: Mamata Banerjee
Following the Madras HC order allowing burial of DMK leader's body on the Marina beach, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, "I was unhappy yesterday, as the govt did not allow the Marina beach burial. I had called the CM but he was unavailable. I also personally called the PM in this regard."
She further said, "Yesterday, I had gone to their residence to pay tributes to Karunanidhi ji. He was the senior most leader and politician, legendary figure So, it is a great loss."
Rahulji strongly supported the idea of a memorial for Karunanidhi at Marina: Randeep Surjewal
Calling it a conspiracy to deny the late DMK chief land for burial on the Marina beach, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewal said, "Huge setback for proxy callers of Delhi Durbar conspiring to deny Kalaignar his rightful Burial place. Rahulji strongly supported the idea of a memorial for Karunanidhi at Marina. Why are Central/State Govts silent? Huge victory of justice for DMK. Long live Kalaignar."