Karunanidhi’s death mourned by many including Rahul Gandhi, President Kovind, PM Modi and others

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Rahul mourns Karunanidhi’s death, says India lost a great son

New Delhi, Aug 7 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday expressed grief over the death of DMK veteran leader M. Karunanidhi, saying India has lost a great son, who strode the stage of Tamil politics like a colossus for over six decades.

“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,” Gandhi said in a tweet.

Karunanidhi, 94, passed away on Tuesday evening. He was admitted to the hospital on July 28 and his condition worsened on Monday.



Modi expresses anguish over Karunanidhi’s death

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed his anguish over the death of DMK President M. Karunanidhi.

In a series of tweets, Modi 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 marginalized.

“Kalaignar Karunanidhi stood for regional aspirations as well as national progress. He was steadfastly committed to the welfare of Tamils and ensured that Tamil Nadu’s voice was effectively heard,” Modi said.

Modi said he had the opportunity of interacting with Karunanidhi 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.”



India is poorer today: President on Karunanidhi

New Delhi: Describing former Tamil Nadhu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi as a doyen of public life, President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday expressed grief over his death, saying the country is poorer today.

“Extremely sad to learn of the passing away of 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.



TN CM anguished over Karunanidhi’s death

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Tuesday expressed his grief over the death of DMK President M. Karunanidhi.

The AIADMK leader said in a statement that he was anguished on hearing about the demise of the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, a very senior politician and a leader of the DMK for 50 long years.

Karunanidhi fought for social justice, the Chief Minister said. His death is a great loss to the state. He offered his condolences to the late leader’s family members.



Karunanidhi’s death is great loss: Kejriwal

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday described the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK leader M. Karunanidhi as “a great loss to the nation”.

The Aam Aadmi Party leader said he will fly to Chennai on Wednesday to pay his tributes to the DMK stalwart who died on Tuesday evening at age 94.

“Feel very sad to hear about the demise of this great leader. May his soul rest in peace. It is a great loss to the nation,” Kejriwal tweeted.



India has lost one of its greatest sons: Mamata

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday mourned the death of DMK stalwart M. Karunanidhi, saying the country has lost one of its greatest sons.

“Today India lost one of its greatest sons. And Tamil Nadu lost its father figure. Farewell Kalaignar. My deepest condolences to the people of Tamil Nadu, DMK and family. India mourns your loss,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle.

A former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi, 94, died on Tuesday evening at the Kauvery Hospital.



Assam CM Sonowal condoles Karunanidhi’s death

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday condoled the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M. Karunanidhi describing him as “one of the tallest statesmen and mass leader of Indian politics”.

“Saddened by the demise of former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Kalaignar Karunanidhi, one of the tallest statesmen and mass leader of Indian politics,” Sonowal said on his Twitter handle.

“I offer my condolences to the bereaved family and people of Tamil Nadu in this moment of grief,” he wrote.

A five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi, 94, passed away at the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday evening.

He was admitted to the hospital on July 28.



Odisha CM expresses grief over Karunanidhi’s death

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday expressed grief over the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M. Karunanidhi.

Offering his heartfelt condolences to the departed leader, Patnaik described Karunanidhi as the tallest leader of Tamil Nadu, who played a key role in social change and reforms in his state.

“In fact, he was much ahead of his times. As Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for several times, he made significant contributions in the development of the state and played a crucial role in national politics as well,” said the Chief Minister.

He also made immense contributions to Tamil literature and cinema. His demise marks the end of an era in Tamil Nadu and India lost one of its worthiest sons, said Patnaik.

The 94-year-old politician breathed his last at Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital on Tuesday.

Patnaik prayed peace and tranquility for the departed soul and expressed sympathies to the family members.

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.



Karunanidhi will be deeply missed: Former President Pranab Mukherjee

“Sixty years a legislator, five times CM and a pillar of many coalitions at the Centre, he influenced his state’s and the national politics like few others. My deepest condolences to his family and admirers,” Mukherjee tweeted.



No one can forget his struggle during the Emergency: BJP President Amit Shah

Among other national leaders, Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury also condoled the death of the DMK stalwart.

Karunanidhi, 94, passed away on Tuesday evening. He was admitted to the hospital on July 28 and his condition worsened on Monday.