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Karunanidhi burial highlights: Kalaignar laid to rest at Marina with full state honours; thousands bid teary adieu

Karunanidhi funeral highlights: The DMK stalwart was buried with full military honours with soldiers giving him a gun salute and buglars sounding the last post.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 8, 2018 8:48:06 pm
Chennai: DMK working president MK Stalin with family members during DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s funeral ceremony at Anna Memorial, in Chennai on Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018. (PTI Photo) 

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

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19:02 (IST)08 Aug 2018
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.

19:00 (IST)08 Aug 2018
Casket has been closed

The casket has been closed as family members are seen weeping inconsolably.

18:55 (IST)08 Aug 2018
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.

18:51 (IST)08 Aug 2018
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. 

18:48 (IST)08 Aug 2018
DMK's Anbazhagan pays floral tributes

Anbazhagan, one of the longest political companions of Karunanidhi, pays final respects to the Dravidian stalwart.

18:40 (IST)08 Aug 2018
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.

18:34 (IST)08 Aug 2018
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.

18:31 (IST)08 Aug 2018
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.

18:27 (IST)08 Aug 2018
Rahul Gandhi at last rites ceremony of Karunanidhi

18:25 (IST)08 Aug 2018
MK Stalin with sister Selvi at Karunanidhi's last rites ceremony
18:11 (IST)08 Aug 2018
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.

18:07 (IST)08 Aug 2018
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

17:19 (IST)08 Aug 2018
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.

16:56 (IST)08 Aug 2018
Thousands bid teary adieu to Kalaignar
16:39 (IST)08 Aug 2018
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.

16:15 (IST)08 Aug 2018
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. 

15:19 (IST)08 Aug 2018
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.

15:11 (IST)08 Aug 2018
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'.

14:33 (IST)08 Aug 2018
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.

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14:29 (IST)08 Aug 2018
Rahul Gandhi pays homage to the late DMK leader

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Chennai today morning and paid tribute to Karunanidhi. He laid a wreath at Karunanidhi's feet and bowed before his mortal remains and also briefly spoke to his family members. Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao also paid their homage to the Dravidian stalwart at Rajaji Hall. Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee, HD Kumaraswamy are also expected to visit Chennai to pay their respects to the late leader.

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“With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi…at 6.10 pm. Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond,” said a statement issued by Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, executive director, Kauvery Hospital, Chennai. The DMK patriarch was admitted to Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on July 27, following a drop in his blood pressure. At the time, he was being treated for fever and a urinary tract infection.

In Chennai, the Tamil Nadu government has announced a seven-day mourning and declared a holiday Wednesday. The central government, meanwhile, has announced a day of national mourning and cancelled meetings of key cabinet committees slated for 1 pm. Karunanidhi will be accorded a state funeral.

A controversy erupted on Tuesday after the Tamil Nadu government turned down DMK’s request to allot space for former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s burial near party founder CN Annadurai’s memorial at the iconic Marina Beach. Later, DMK had moved the Madras High Court on the issue and sought an urgent hearing, where the court allowed Marina burial for the DMK stalwart.

Read | M Karunanidhi passes away, son Stalin calls for protecting the legacy of Kalaignar

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