Karunanidhi death Highlights: Late DMK chief laid to rest with state honour, buried next to mentor Annadurai

M Karunanidhi death Highlights: Karunanidhi buried next to Anna Samadhi — the memorial of C N Annadurai — on Marina beach.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 8, 2018 8:32:14 pm
DMK patriarch Karunanidhi dead Karunanidhi death LIVE UPDATES: The DMK patriarch passed away after battling illness in Kauvery hospital. (Express Photo)

DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi was buried next to mentor CN Annadurai with state honour on Wednesday. The family performed last rites at the beach. Leaders and supporters paid their final respect. The five-time chief minister passed away on Tuesday at the age of 94. The veteran politician was admitted in Kauvery Hospital in the city two weeks ago, where he was being treated by a panel of expert doctors. His body was taken to his Gopalapuram residence last night, after which it was shifted to Rajaji Hall. Several political leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, paid their last respects to Karunanidhi.

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The Madras High Court granted permission to bury Karunanidhi behind Anna Samadhi — the memorial of C N Annadurai — on Marina beach. This comes after several arguments against or in favour of the matter in the court. The order led to emotional scenes at Rajaji Hall, as Karunanidhi’s son Stalin and senior leaders broke into tears. The Madras High Court which held a late-night hearing on a plea by DMK’s lawyers took up the case at 8 am this morning.

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20:21 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Artist Sudarshan Patnaik pays tribute to late DMK chief M Karunanidhi

Source: PTI 

19:00 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Karunanidhi was seen as dravid yodha, says Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut
18:31 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Puducherry to mourn for seven days

The Congress government in Puducherry today extended three-day mourning to seven days following the death of DMK leader M Karunanidhi. A cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy took the decision to extend the period of mourning to seven days instead of three as announced earlier. Narayanasamy said a bronze statue of Karunanidhi would be installed in the union territory as per a decision was taken by the cabinet.

17:14 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Long live the glory of Karunanidhi rent the air as tri-service personnel lifted the glass casket

Amid cries of people hailing him as "Thalaivar," (leader), DMK president M Karunanidhi's last journey began today with thousands of people paying their last respects. Heart-rendering slogans like 'Kalaignar pugazh vazhga vazhgavey' (long live the glory of Karunanidhi) rent the air as tri-service personnel lifted the glass casket. 

16:58 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Mortal remains of Karunanidhi taken to Marina beach
15:16 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Pinarayi Vijayan and other leaders from Kerala pay tribute to DMK chief
14:58 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Preparation for M Karunanidhi's burial begins

Preparations for M Karunanidhi's burial have begun. The funeral will be executed at 4 pm. The DMK patriarch will be buried near Anna Samadhi — the memorial of his mentor C N Annadurai.   

Source: ANI 

14:47 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao pays tribute to Karunanidhi
14:03 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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.

14:02 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
MK Stalin asks crown to maintain calm

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."

13:12 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Scuffle breaks out between Police, crowd gathered at Rajaji Hall in Chennai
13:11 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Video, Visual of huge crowd at Chennai's Rajaji Hall
12:56 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Kalaignar Karunanidhi will live on in the hearts and minds of millions, says PM Modi
12:51 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Sonia Gandhi writes to MK Stalin, says deeply saddened by his father's demise

12:39 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
'Great loss', says Mamata Banerjee on Karunanidhi's demise

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. 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."

12:35 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
DMK supporters gather outside Anna memorial at Chennai's Marina beach

DMK supporters gather outside Anna memorial at Chennai's Marina beach. JCB machines have also reached the spot following Madras High Court's judgement that M Karunanidhi will receive burial at the Marina beach.

12:31 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Parliament adjourned today as mark of respect for Karunanidhi

Both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha have been adjourned for the day as a mark of respect for the five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu, M Karunanidhi. A slew of politicians including Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal are expected to pay their tribute to the DMK chief.  Adjournment of Parliament for Karunanudhi is unprecedented. It has never been done for a former CM. Was done for Jayalalithaa who was a sitting CM.

'With profound sorrow, I've to inform the House about the sad demise of Karunanidhi, who passed away on August 7, 2018. He served as CM of Tamil Nadu for five times. In his demise, the country has lost highly popular and eminent personality,' Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said.

12:28 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
PM Modi talks with Stalin, Kanimozhi after paying respects to Karunanidhi
12:22 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
'Huge victory of justice for DMK. Long live Kalaignar', tweets Surjewala
11:36 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
List of leaders who will pay homage to Karunanidhi at Rajaji Hall in Chennai

Here's a list of dignitaries who will fly to Chennai to pay their respects to the DMK stalwart

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Governor Justice (Retd) Sadhasivam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister of Telangana Chandrashekhar Rao, Former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy, former Karnataka CM Veerappa Moily, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu

11:27 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
PM Modi pays respects to Karunanidhi at Rajaji hall

Prime Minister Modi paid tribute to Karunanidhi at Rajaji Hall in Chennai. He also met his family members and expressed his condolences. Earlier on Tuesday, Modi shared multiple pictures of him and Karunanidhi and said, "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. India and particularly Tamil Nadu will miss him immensely. May his soul rest in peace."

10:53 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
MK Stalin, other leaders break into tears after Madras HC's order

Madras HC order allowing M Karunanidhi's burial on Marina beach leads to emotional scenes at Rajaji Hall, his son Stalin and senior leaders break into tears. DMK cadres raising anti-Aiadmk and anti-RSS slogans ahead of PM Modi's arrival to Rajaji hall.

10:46 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Breaking: Madras HC grants permission to bury Karunanidhi on Marina beach

Madras HC grants permission to bury M Karunanidhi behind Anna Samadhi on Marina beach.

10:33 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
PM Modi arrives in Chennai

PM Modi arrives in Chennai. He will head to Rajaji hall soon to pay respects to Karunanidhi.

10:14 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Rapid Action Force deployed outside Anna memorial at Marina beach

Rapid Action Force has been deployed outside Anna memorial at Marina beach in Chennai. Hearing in the case against denial of burial land by Tamil Nadu Govt at Marina beach for Karunanidhi is underway at Madras High Court.

10:08 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Kamal Haasan pays last respects to Karunanidhi

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan pays last respects to Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hall.

ANI photo
10:06 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
PM Modi to arrive Chennai at 10:20 am, Rahul Gandhi at 1pm

PM Modi will arrive at 10.20 am at Chennai airport. He will take a chopper to INS Adyar before heading to Rajaji Hall by road, 2 kms away. Rahul Gandhi will arrive at 1 pm.

09:46 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
DMK is pursuing political agenda by filing this case, says Govt lawyer

Tamil Nadu govt's lawyer says, "DMK is pursuing political agenda by filing this case. DK Chief Periyar was the tallest leader of the Dravidian movement. Was he buried at Marina beach?"

09:28 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
'Burying Karunanidhi next to Gandhi Mandapam cannot be termed as a decent burial', says DMK's lawyer

Case against denial of burial land by Tamil Nadu Govt at Marina beach for M Karunanidhi: DMK's lawyer says,  "Anna, who is the founder of DMK, used to say my life and soul is Karunanidhi. Burying Karunanidhi next to Gandhi Mandapam cannot be termed as a decent burial."

He says, "You (state govt) have announced state mourning, why not give land for burial? There's no prohibition under Central Govt protocol to allot land at Marina beach for ex-CMs."

— ANI

09:17 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
VCK chief Thol Thirumavalavan demands Bhart Ratna for Karunanidhi

VCK chief Thol Thirumavalavan said, "We demand that Bharat Ratna be conferred upon him. We also demand that his memorial be made near Anna Samadhi."

08:54 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Tamil Nadu BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan pays respect to Karunanidhi

State BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan paid her last respects to Karunanidhi at Rajaji hall in Chennai.

Source: Twitter
08:50 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Deepa Jayakumar, Thol Thirumavalavan pay last respects to DMK Chief

Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar and VCK president Thol Thirumavalavan also paid last respects to Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hall.

08:43 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Rajinikanth pays last respects to Karunanidhi

Rajinikanth also paid last respects to former Tamil Nadu CM Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hal.

08:34 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Governor Banwarilal Purohit, former CM Oommen Chandy pay respects to Karunanidhi

A host of leaders have paid their respects to Karunanidhi including Tamil Nadu Governor  Banwarilal Purohit, Former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister K Palaniswamy, Deputy CM O Pannerselvam. (ANI photos)

07:47 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Crowds gather to pay their respect at Rajaji Hall

There are huge crowds at Chennai's Rajaji Hall, where the mortal remains of Karunanidhi have been kept. Slogans of 'Long Live Kalaignar' and 'Need Marina! Need Marina!' can be heard. 

07:40 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
A R Rahman: 'Your infectious passion for Tamizh will stay with us'

A R Rahman tweets, "You may have left this earth but your infectious passion and love for Tamizh will stay and reflect with us forever…Deep Respect !"

07:21 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
EPS, OPS pay their respect at Rajaji Hall

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam pay their respects at Rajaji Hall. The Chief Minister says, "This is a great loss for Tamil Nadu. My deep condolences to his family members and DMK party workers," reports ANI.

(Source: ANI)

07:10 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Space for burial: Madras HC to resume hearing at 8 am

The Madras High Court will resume hearing a plea seeking burial space at Marina beach. The hearing was adjourned to 8 am this morning. The government, which has opposed the move, has allotted space at Gandhi Mandapam in Guindy. Earlier on Tuesday, Karunanidhi's children and DMK leaders MK Stalin, MK Alagiri and MK Kanimozhi had visited Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami and requested their father to be buried near Anna Samadhi, the memorial of C N Anna durai. The CM, however, refused to grant them permission.

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06:54 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Draped in tricolour, body at Rajaji Hall

The mortal remains of M Karunanidhi, who passed away on Tuesday evening, is at Rajaji Hall. The public will be allowed to pay their respects to the leader during the course of the day. Several politicians are flying down to Chennai today as well, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi. 

02:31 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
Karunanidhi's mortal remains arrives at Kanimozhi's residence

Ambulance carrying former Karunanidhi's mortal remains arrives at Kanimozhi's residence in CIT Colony. The police had to resort to lathi-charge to control the crowd gathered outside Kanimozhi's residence.

Karunanidhi, Karunanidhi death, Karunanidhi passes away, Karunanidhi dead, karunanidhi dies, M Karunanidhi burial, DMK, MK Stalin, kauvery hospital, Tamil Nadu, India News, Indian Express Karunanidhi passes away: The mortal remains of DMK chief M Karunanidhi are carried to his home in Chennai on Tuesday night. (PTI Photo)

Following Karunanidhi's demise, a controversy erupted after the Tamil Nadu government turned down DMK’s request to allot space for the former chief minister’s burial near party founder CN Annadurai’s memorial at the iconic Marina Beach.

Meanwhile, lawyer of Traffic Ramaswamy said, "We have no objection to the burial land for Karunanidhi." Ramaswamy is one of the five petitioners who had filed a public interest litigation against building memorials at the Marina beach. While four others have already withdrawn their petition, Ramaswamy's PIL is still pending before the high court. The acting Chief Justice responded to the lawyer, saying, "Withdraw your case," reported ANI.