Speaking to reporters after visiting his father’s burial site, Alagiri said: “I shared my concerns with him (Karunanidhi). My leader’s true loyalists are with me. All are supporting me. Time will prove it.”
Alagiri and Stalin have been at loggerheads for years over who will inherit Karunanidhi’s legacy. Before his expulsion, Alagiri had famously questioned if the DMK was a “mutt” where the pontiff could anoint his successor.
The DEMU train on the Pattukkottai-Karaikudi stretch in Tamil Nadu takes 5 hours to cover 74 km, during which it stops at 34 level crossings. As a passenger asks, “Isn’t this slower than a man walking?”
As a veteran groomed in the rationalist movement and an atheist, Karunanidhi lived by his ideals till the end. He is remembered as a quintessential writer, and shrewd leader with a spontaneous sense of humour.
Karunanidhi’s Marina beach burial: The tussle over the site started hours before Karunanidhi was declared dead, when his son and DMK working president M K Stalin met Chief Minister E K Palaniswami to request that his father be buried near Anna Samadhi, the memorial of DMK founder C N Annadurai.
Around midnight, his children, M K Stalin, M K Alagiri and Kanimozhi, rushed to Karunanidhi’s Gopalapuram residence. Following news about Karunanidhi’s health, party leaders and workers gathered outside the hospital.