Karunanidhi is dead, leaves void in TN politics

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CHENNAI, Aug 7 (PTI): DMK chief M Karunanidhi, one of the foremost Dravidian politicians in modern times, died here on Tuesday, after waging a grim battle for life aged 94, the hospital where he was admitted for the last 11 days said.

One of the most charismatic figures of Tamil Nadu politics whose public life spanned over seven decades, is survived by two wives and six children, including DMK working resident and heir apparent M K Stalin and daughter Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP.

The most enduring mascot of the Dravidian movement breathed his last at 6.10 pm. “With deep anguish we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar M Karunanidhi on 07.08.2018 at 6.10 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,” a press release by Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive Director of Kauvery Hospital, said.

President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned his death. “Extremely sad to learn of the passing of Thiru M Karunanidhi. A doyen of our public life, as a contributor to the development of Tamil Nadu and of India he has few peers.  Our country is poorer today. My condolences to his family and millions of well-wishers,” Kovind tweeted.

Modi said Karunanidhi stood for regional aspirations as well as national progress.

“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,” Modi said in a series of tweets.

Condolences pour in

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal condoled the demise of Karunanidhi and said that his contribution to the socio-economic development of Tamil Nadu as chief minister of the state for five times would always be remembered.

Condoling the former TN CM’s death, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma said, “I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing way of the political stalwart”

The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) also condoled the death of Karunanidhi. In a message NDPP president Chingwang Konyak said, “The NDPP is saddened by the demise of Karunanidhi. Karunanidhi’s illustrious journey as an accomplished writer and as five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and ten-time president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam won him the hearts of many Tamilians as well as people of other regions of the country.”

Assam minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president and Rajya Sabha member Ripun Bora and Opposition leader Debabrata Saikia also condoled the demise of former chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

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