08 August, 2018
Gandhi's remarks came after a controversy erupted tonight following the Tamil Nadu government's rejection of the opposition DMK's demand for allotting space on the Marina beach for the burial of Karunanidhi. "All the government offices, schools, and colleges will be closed tomorrow", read the govt statement.
The funeral is due to take place on Wednesday (Aug 8) and the state government has declared a seven-day mourning period.
CHENNAI:Dr.M Karunanidhi passed away at 94 on Tuesday. Despite best efforts of our doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond.
Politicians from across the spectrum paid their respect to the leader, who served as Tamil Nadu's five separate terms and never lost an election.
The 94-year-old five-time Tamil Nadu chief minister had been admitted to a hospital in Chennai on July 28 following a dip in blood pressure.
During Mr Karunanidhi's last illness, both Rajinkanth and fellow-actor-politician Kamal Haasan had gone to meet Karunanidhi multiple times.
Vijayan said Karunanidhi was one of the greats of Indian politics, but his contributions were not limited to politics.
"I am deeply saddened by the passing away of Kalaignar Karunanidhi". Here is a brief history of his compelling, and equally engaging, journey from M Karunanidhi to Kalaignar Karunanidhi.
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On July 27, 1969, M. Karunanidhi was elected as the president of DMK.
Karunanidhi penned screenplays and dialogues for over 50 movies.
The Press Trust of India news agency said a security alert had been sounded across the state, bearing in mind the outbreaks of violence in the past over the deaths of popular figures.
Finance Minister Shasibhusan Behera and former Minister Devi Prasad Mishra will attend the funeral of late Karunanidhi, said a communique from Chief Minister's Office.
When the DMK entered the electoral fray in 1957 with demands for Dravidanadu-secession from India-the party was still unrecognised, but 33-year-old Karunanidhi won from Kulithalai constituency.
Following the reports of "decline" in Karunanidhi's health, DMK cadres thronged the Chennai hospital again on Monday.
He is survived by four sons and two daughters.