DMK supremo M Karunanidhi breathed his last at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday evening at 6.10 pm. Political leaders from across the country, cutting across parties, condoled his death. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan too issued a statement condoling the death of the DMK patriarch.
In a statement released on Facebook, the leader referred to Karunanidhi as a powerful leader in Indian politics. The DMK chief's death is a loss that can never be compensated, he added.
"He imparted great strength to the Dravidian movement, thereby helping in bringing social changes. His exemplary oratory skills and good governance made it easier for him to make a mark in the lives of ordinary people of the state. For this very reason, Karunanidhi became an emotion for the people of Tamil Nadu," CM Pinarayi Vijayan wrote in Malayalam.
Kerala CM added that Karunanidhi has always ensured that cordial relations prevailed between the two neighbouring states. He also added that Karunanidhi's death comes at a time when the Indian politics is at a crucial juncture.
"Karunanidhi's death, especially at this time, brings immense sorrow. One cannot compensate for this loss, at a time when there is a need for democratic forces to unite," Pinarayi said.
As far as the state of Kerala is concerned, the CM pointed out that Karunanidhi has always been a brother for the state.
"He has ensured that disagreements were solved and a cordial relationship prevailed between the states," the CM said.
He added: "Political science students must, in fact study, how Karunanidhi was able to make a space for himself in the minds of the people through his powerful scripts in cinema and also through his politics.”
On a personal level, he has always maintained a warm and cordial relationship with Karunanidhi, the Kerala CM said, adding that the latter's demise was also a personal loss for him.
“It gives me relief to think that I was able to visit Karunanidhi at the hospital recently," he wrote.
He added two lines in English at the end: “Kalaignar was one of the greats of Indian politics, but his contributions were not limited to politics. He was a man of letters who enriched the Tamil language with poems, novels, screenplays and plays. CM opined that the legacy of the great leader will live on.”