Karunanidhi passes away: President, Prime Minister express condolence

By M Bharat Kumar Published on Aug 07, 2018 09:37 PM IST

Chennai: Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu  Governor Banwarilal Purohit, leaders of various political parties,

including Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, BJP State president

Tamilisai Soundararajan, TNCC president S Thirunavukkarasar, PMK  founder, Dr S Ramadoss, Lok Sabha MP Anbumani Ramadoss, Dravidar  Kazhagam president K Veeramani, Hindu Munnani leader Rama Gopalan,  Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali and actor Rajinikanth condoled  the death of DMK leader M Karunanidhi.

Kovind tweeted, "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," he said.

"Our country is poorer today. My condolences to his family and

millions of well-wishers #PresidentKovind," he said.

MODI MESSAGE

Modi said he was deeply saddened by the passing away of Karunandihi

and described him as 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," the Prime Minister said.

"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," he said.

Modi, in a series of tweets, said, "I have had the opportunity of

interacting with Karunanidhi Ji 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."

"My thoughts are with the family and the countless supporters of

Karunanidhi Ji in this hour of grief," he said.

"India and particularly Tamil Nadu will miss him immensely. May his

soul rest in peace," Modi said.