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.
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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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.
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.
Mortal remains of Karunanidhi taken to Marina beach
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.
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
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."
Video, Visual of huge crowd at Chennai's Rajaji Hall
— ANI (@ANI) August 8, 2018
Kalaignar Karunanidhi will live on in the hearts and minds of millions, says PM Modi
In Chennai, I paid tributes to an extraordinary leader and a veteran administrator whose life was devoted to public welfare and social justice.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 8, 2018
Kalaignar Karunanidhi will live on in the hearts and minds of the millions of people whose lives were transformed by him. pic.twitter.com/torAPw1gUe
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'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."
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.
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.
'Huge victory of justice for DMK. Long live Kalaignar', tweets Surjewala
Huge setback for proxy callers of Delhi Durbar conspiring to deny Kalaignar his rightful Burial place.— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) August 8, 2018
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 https://t.co/rgEF2Icb9m
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
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."
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.
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. @IndianExpress— Arun Janardhanan (@arunjei) August 8, 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.
PM Modi arrives in Chennai
PM Modi arrives in Chennai. He will head to Rajaji hall soon to pay respects to Karunanidhi.
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.
Kamal Haasan pays last respects to Karunanidhi
Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan pays last respects to Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hall.
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.
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?"
'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."
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."
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.
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.
Rajinikanth pays last respects to Karunanidhi
Rajinikanth also paid last respects to former Tamil Nadu CM Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hal.
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)
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.
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 !"
You may have left this earth but your infectious passion and love for Tamizh will stay and reflect with us forever…Deep Respect ! #Karunanidhi— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) August 7, 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.
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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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.
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.