‘A great loss to the nation’: Condolences pour in after Kalaignar Karunanidhi’s demise

Union Ministers, Chief Ministers and political party leaders have mourned the loss of the veteran politician.
‘A great loss to the nation’: Condolences pour in after Kalaignar Karunanidhi’s demise
‘A great loss to the nation’: Condolences pour in after Kalaignar Karunanidhi’s demise
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DMK patriarch Dr M Karunanidhi passed away at 6.10 pm on Tuesday, at the age of 94. He had been hospitalised for a period of 11 days and had been out of active life for two years.

In a release, Kauvery Hospital, said, "With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi on 07.08.2018 at 6.10 pm. Despite the best possible efforts of a team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond."

Following the announcement, tributes began to pour in for the leader from all quarters.

Tamil Nadu Edappadi Palaniswami, expressed his grief after the demise of the five-time former Chief Minister of the state.

“Former CM M Karunanidhi’s demise is a great loss to the state. To his family that mourns his loss and to his son, TN legislature’s opposition chief, MK Stalin, and to DMK members, I convey my deepest condolences. I pray for his soul to rest in peace,” he said in a statement.

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu expressed his grief. “An MLA for 13 times since 1957 from 7 different constituencies and CM of Tamil Nadu for five times speaks for his deep connect with the people,” he said.

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy also condoled the DMK supremo’s demise.

"He strived for the development of Tamil Nadu throughout his life and built a stronghold for regional party DMK. I had met him several times.  Every time, he made me understand the importance of regional parties. The popular schemes he implemented for the downtrodden people are replicated in various states today. DMK was a prominent coalition partner in the H D Deve Gowda government at the Centre, and he had played a crucial role in forming the Government. Karunanidhi came to politics from the film industry, and his dedication towards the well being of people of Tamilnadu is always memorable. In his death, we have lost a unique personality in Indian politics; Tamil Nadu has lost a visionary leader,” he said in a statement.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan gave his condolences to the family of the late leader, and said that his legacy will live on.

Expressing his grief, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said that it will be difficult to fill the void. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Pondicherry Chief Minister V Narayansamy also condoled his death.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also mourned his loss.

Indian National Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the party expressed their grief, and called him “a true representative of our democracy”.

BJP National President also Amit Shah expressed his condolences for the veteran politician. “No one can forget his struggle during Emergency, imposed in 1975,” he said.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee, expressing his sorrow, called Karunanidhi “a pillar of coalitions”.

Union Ministers JP Nadda and Nirmala Sitharaman also mourned the Dravidian leader’s loss.

Expressing her sorrow, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said, “He was a great leader, who worked for the downtrodden. It is a big loss for the whole country.”

Rajnath Singh termed mourned the leader's demise, and called it as “a monumental loss to India’s political landscape”.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor also expressed their condolences.  

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa gave their condolences after Karunanidhi’s passing.

“A senior politician and former TN CM M Karunanidhi's death has saddened me. I pray to god, may his soul rest in peace and his supporters, family may find the strength to bear the sadness,” said BJP Karnataka president and former CM BS Yeddyurappa.

Communist Party of India(Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, Karnataka MLA KJ George and Andhra Pradesh minister Nara Lokesh also expressed their grief.

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