M Karunanidhi, DMK patriarch and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, died on Tuesday in Chennai. He was 94. Hundreds of supporters escorted the ambulance carrying his body to his house. Actor Rajinikanth and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited his house. The Tamil Nadu government has announced a seven-day mourning in his honour. Schools and colleges will also remain closed on Wednesday. DMK leader and his son MK Stalin has asked workers to maintain peace and discipline. Meanwhile, a controversy erupted over the Karunanidhi memorial. After the Tamil Nadu government denied giving space on Marina Beach, the DMK decided to move the Madras High Court.
M Karunanidhi was admitted in Chennai’s Kauvery hospital on July 28 with urinary tract infection. The hospital authorities said on Monday that maintaining functionality of his vital organs was a challenge in view of his age-related ailments. Sources said that M Karunanidhi had contracted jaundice and had been facing difficulty in breathing.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Congress President Rahul Gandhi visited him in the hospital over the week. Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal also visited the hospital on Monday.
Chennai Police resort to lathi-charge to control the crowd gathered outside Kanimozhi’s residence in CIT Colony
Hearing by Madras High Court in the case against denial of burial land by Tamil Nadu Government at Marina beach for Karunanidhi adjourned till 8 am after the government sought more time to file a reply
“I withdraw all cases in this regard because Kalaignar Karunanidhi is important for us. So now, there are no legal hurdles for the government,” says Doraisamy, advocate who filed petition against burial on Marina
Bihar government has announced two-day state mourning in wake of M Karunanidhi’s death
“On behalf of the US Consulate General in Chennai, I offer condolences to the people of Tamil Nadu and Tamils across the world on the passing of former Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi,” Acting US Consul General in Chennai Lauren Lovelace said in a statement.
At Karunanidhi’s Gopalapuram house, his supporters raised slogans and demanded that he be buried next to Anna memorial at Marina beach
“DMK as a party and Karunanidhi’s family requested for space at the Marina. The state government must deal with the issue in a dignified way, accepting the request”: D Raja
DMK lawyers reach residence of Madras High Court acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G. Ramesh who had agreed to hear today a case on denial of burial land by Tamil Nadu Government at Marina beach
Karunanidhi’s mortal remains reach his Gopalapuram house. His supporters have gathered outside the house to page homage to their leader.
“On behalf of the people of Meghalaya, I extend my deepest condolence on the demise of M Karunanidhi ji, whose ideals had motivated and infused energy amongst many young politicians of the country. May his soul rest in peace”: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma
“Like Jayalalitha ji, Kalaignar was an expression of the voice of the Tamil people. That voice deserves to be given space on Marina Beach. I am sure the current leaders of Tamil Nadu will be magnanimous in this time of grief”: Rahul Gandhi
Senior counsel for DMK P Wilson and Saravanan went to acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court Huluvadi G Ramesh’s residence and sought permission to move an urgent motion. The acting chief justice directed them to serve notice on the advocate general, saying he would hear the case at 10.30 pm at his residence, news agency PTI reported
In the passing away of Kalaignar Karunanidhi the Nation and the Tamil people have lost a colossus who was more than the 50-year leader of a political party and a five-time Chief Minister. Kalaignar had the unique honour of being an acknowledged multi-faceted leader in multiple fields such as politics, literature, journalism, drama, cinema, art, philosophy and government administration: P Chidambaram
Extremely pained by the sad demise of an exceptional politician and mass leader Kalaignar Karunanidhi ji. He was a great human being. His contributions to Tamil Nadu & national politics will always be remembered. My condolences to his family members and the party: Arun Jaitley
National flag to fly at half mast tomorrow in Delhi and all other state capitals as well. The flag will fly at half mast throughout Tamil Nadu, according to news agency ANI.
National flag to fly at half-mast tomorrow in Delhi and all state capitals and throughout the state of Tamil Nadu. It has also been decided to accord state funeral tomorrow in Chennai and national mourning has been declared for tomorrow: Government of India (ANI)#Karunanidhi
– NDTV (@ndtv) August 7, 2018
Madras High Court acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh will hear a case on the denial of land for Karunanidhi’s memorial at Chennai’s Marina beach
Karnataka Government has declared one day state mourning in the wake of M Karunanidhi’s death
Chennai: Ambulance carrying Karunanidhi’s mortal remains leaves from Kauvery Hospital for his Gopalapuram residence
Tamil Nadu Government should not play politics. On such occasions, government and parties should be above politics. Kalaignar should be given his due. He deserves rightful place even after his demise: Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress
Shatrughan Sinha has condoled the death of M Karunanidhi. He said, “With the demise of DMK supremo and former CM of Tamil Nadu, M.Karunanidhi, India has lost a prominent, distinguished leader of the masses, Kalaignar. Sad that we have lost a valuable leader whose commitment and leadership qualities were such that he served as CM of Tamil Nadu fives times. His contribution to cinema and politics is impressive and he shall continue to remain in our hearts. My prayers and deepest condolences are with the family, supporters and well wishers in their traumatic grief. RIP”.
Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav offered his condolences. He said “I offer my condolences to the family of M Karunanidhi ji. He was a senior and respected leader, he had an important contribution to the politics of Tamil Nadu”.
Mortal remains of M Karunanidhi will be at his Gopalapuram house from 8pm to 1am. His remains will be at his CIT colony house till 3 am. His remains will be kept at Chennai’s Rajaji Hall for the public from 4 am.
Tamil Nadu government has offered a 2-acre plot near Gandhi Mandapam in Chennai for Karunanidhi memorial
My first meeting with him was in Trichy in 1980, where a large rally was organized on social justice by Dravid Kazgham(DK). He had a major role in implementing Backward Class Commission (Mandal Commission). On behalf of LJP and Dalit Sena, I express my heartfelt condolence to him: Ram Vilas Paswan
Deeply saddened by the demise of one of the tallest leader of the country and icon of social justice & Dravidian politics Kalaignar #Karunanidhi Ji. He shall be remembered forever and ever. Deepest condolences to DMK family. #Karupic.twitter.com/Cu9frDcfoP
– Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) August 7, 2018
The demise of Karunanidhi is not just a loss for the state of Tamil Nadu, it’s a big loss for the country. He was a great leader. He played a great role in national politics: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
प्रख्यात राजनीतिज्ञ, डी. एम. के. प्रमुख एवं तमिलनाडु के पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री एम. #Karunanidhi जी का निधन दु:खद। उन्होंने लोकतांत्रिक मूल्यों को हमेशा ऊपर रखा। वंचित वर्गों के उत्थान हेतु उनके योगदान को सभी हमेशा याद रखेंगे। उन्हें विनम्र श्रद्धांजलि।https://t.co/15UwlUBVil
– Nitish Kumar (@NitishKumar) August 7, 2018
Pained to hear about the sudden demise of Shri Karunanidhi ji.
He was most popular leader in Tamil Nadu’s politics.
A known writer who always stressed on social reforms.
My heartfelt tributes to this great leader and condolences to his family & lakhs of followers! pic.twitter.com/5WmyhuWEhB
– Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) August 7, 2018
Today, the day that Kalaignar died is a Black day for me and will never forget this day in my lifetime. May his souls rest in peace: Rajinikanth
M Karunanidhi had shown the path to regional parties. Its a tragic moment for his workers and those who loved him. He was a mature leader and a statesman. Pray to almighty that his soul rests in peace: HD Deve Gowda, Former Prime Minister
Congress President Rahul Gandhi will travel to Chennai on Wednesday. Senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mukul Wasnik will accompany him.
Tamil Nadu government has announced a 7-day mourning in the wake of M Karunanidhi’s death. Schools and colleges will be closed on Wednesday.
DMK leader and Karunanidhi’s son, MK Stalin has appealed to party workers to maintain peace and discipline. He also thanked doctors and the management of Kauvery Hospital, where he was being treated.
Senior DMK leader Durai Murugan said, “We had met CM and submitted a request for a ‘Samadhi’ near Anna memorial, he had accepted our request then, but has not communicated anything in this regard till now”
Deeply saddened by the demise of Kalaignar Karunanidhi. Heartfelt condolences to his family members, near and dear ones and supporters. Shri Karunanidhi, not only left his indelible impression in Indian polity, but also in Tamil cinema & literature with his unparalleled contribution: Prakash Javadekar
Pained to learn about the sad demise of Dr. M. Karunanidhi. His passing away is an irreparable loss to country and to the state of Tamil Nadu and marks end of an era. I convey my heartfelt condolences to members of his bereaved family and his supporters across the country: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan
“With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi on 07.08.2018 at 06:10 PM. Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond.
We profoundly mourn the loss of one of the tallest leaders of India and we share the grief of family members and fellow Tamilians worldwide.”
His demise is a big loss for Tamil Nadu and the whole country. On behalf of BJP and myself, I pay tributes to Karunanidhi: Pon Radhakrishnan, Union Minister, said
Country has lost a great leader. Our condolences to the entire DMK family. Congress party has lost an important friend. A loss that will be difficult to recoup: Randeep Surjewala, Congress spokesperson, said
The Congress has condoled the death of M Karunanidhi.
Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of one of India’s most dynamic leaders, M. Karunanidhi. He was a true representative of our democracy and worked tirelessly for the people of Tamil Nadu. His contributions to the nation shall never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/gCunM2wr1D
– Congress (@INCIndia) August 7, 2018
It is saddening to know about the demise of M Karunanidhi. The DMK chief was someone who had contributed to the fields of politics,cinema and literature: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said in a statement
Tamil Nadu government has announced a 5-day state mourning in the wake of M Karunanidhi’s death
“Loved by the Tamilian people, Kalaignar strode the stage of Tamil politics, like a colossus, for over 6 decades. In his passing, India has lost a great son. My condolences to his family as also to the millions of Indians who grieve for their beloved leader tonight”: Congress President Rahul Gandhi
President Kovind condoled M Karunanidhi’s death
श्री एम करुणानिधि के निधन के बारे में सुनकर दुख हुआ। “कलैनार” के नाम से लोकप्रिय वह एक सुदृढ़ विरासत छोड़ कर जा रहे हैं जिसकी बराबरी सार्वजनिक जीवन में कम मिलती है। उनके परिवार के प्रति और लाखों चाहने वालों के प्रति मैं अपनी शोक संवेदना व्यक्त करता हूँ – राष्ट्रपति कोविन्द
– President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 7, 2018
Tamil film actor Rajinikanth also condoled his death. He said: “Today is a black day in my life, one which I can never forget as I lost my Kalaignar. I pray for his soul”.
“My thoughts are with the family and the countless supporters of Karunanidhi Ji in this hour of grief. India and particularly Tamil Nadu will miss him immensely. May his soul rest in peace,” PM Modi added.
I have had the opportunity of interacting with Karunanidhi Ji on several occasions. His understanding of policy and emphasis on social welfare stood out. Firmly committed to democratic ideals, his strong opposition to the Emergency will always be remembered. pic.twitter.com/cbMiMPRy7l
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 7, 2018
“Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond,” the hospital, where M Karunanidhi was undergoing treatment, said in a statement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled M Karunanidhi’s death. He said,” Deeply saddened by the passing away of Kalaignar Karunanidhi. He was one of the senior most leaders of India. 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.”
DMK President M Karunanidhi died this evening at 6:10 pm, Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital said today.
Huge crowd also gathered outside his house in Chennai, praying for his speedy recovery. Heavy security deployment has been made outside his house to maintain order.
The crowds outside the Kauvery hospital started to swell after the medical bulletin on Monday evening said that M Karunanidhi’s condition had deteriorated
The Tamil Nadu Police chief has ordered maximum deployment of the police force across the state
“Ezhundhu Vaa Thalaivaa” (Awake, our leader) and “Vaa, Vaa, Gopalapuram Polaam Vaa” (Come, Come, let’s go to Gopalapuram), an emotional crowd of supporters is chanting outside the hospital.
M Karunanidhi’s son MK Stalin, his brother MK Alagiri and sister M K Kanimozhi met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Tuesday
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to leave for Chennai to visit M Karunanidhi in the hospital.
Security has been increased outside Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital where M Karunanidhi is undergoing treatment. Huge crowd of supporters gathered outside the hospital as his health worsened. They were shouting slogans in support of their leader.
“There has been significant decline in the clinical condition of M Karunanidhi over the last few hours. Despite maximum medical support, his vital organ functions continue to deteriorate. His condition is extremely critical and unstable,” a hospital statement said