Several chief ministers and leaders of political parties on Tuesday condoled the demise of DMK president M Karunanidhi, saying the 94-year-old leader's passing away was a great loss to the nation.
The DMK chief, one of the foremost Dravidian politicians in modern times, died at a Chennai hospital where he was admitted for the last 11 days.
DMK president M Karunanidhi's body will be brought to the stately Rajaji Hall to enable political leaders, the general public and party cadres to pay their homage.
Karunanidhi's body will reach Rajaji Hall in the Government Estate in Tamil Nadu at 4 am on Wednesday and arrangements have already been made for people to pay their homage.
Meanwhile, the Ambulance carrying Karunanidhi's mortal remains has left from Kauvery Hospital for his Gopalapuram residence. The body will be placed at the veteran leader’s home till 1:00 am.
Post that, the body will be taken to the CIT Colony residence of Karunanidhi's daughter and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi to enable their family members to pay their last respect, the party said in a release.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi:
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 marginalised. pic.twitter.com/jOZ3BOIZMj— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 7, 2018
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.#Karunanidhi
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 7, 2018
President Ram Nath Kovind:
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. Our country is poorer today. My condolences to his family and millions of well-wishers #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 7, 2018
Extremely pained by the sad demise of an exceptional politician & mass leader Kalaignar Karunanidhi ji. He was a great human being. His contributions to Tamil Nadu & national politics will always be remembered. My condolences to his family members & the party.— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) August 7, 2018
In Kalaignar's unfortunate demise. I have lost a long trusted friend/guardian and the nation has lost one of the greatest fighter for social justice. My deepest condolences to family members and his associates. #Karunanidhi #RIPKalaignar— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) August 7, 2018
Pained to hear about the sudden demise of Shri Karunanidhi ji.— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) August 7, 2018
He was most popular leader in Tamil Nadu’s politics.
A known writer who always stressed on social reforms.
My heartfelt tributes to this great leader and condolences to his family & lakhs of followers! pic.twitter.com/5WmyhuWEhB
Extremely saddened to hear about the demise of DMK Chief M. Karunanidhi ji. The nation has lost a great leader on this day. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace.— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) August 7, 2018
In the passing away of Kalaignar Karunanidhi the Nation and the Tamil people have lost a colossus who was more than the 50-year leader of a political party and a five-time Chief Minister.— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) August 7, 2018
Deeply saddened by the demise of one of the most senior leaders of the country Kalaignar Dr. M Karunanidhi. He served people with great diligence & worked for the welfare of the poor & marginalised. My thoughts & prayers are with the bereaved family & his countless supporters.— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) August 7, 2018
A leader immensely loved by people, whose work for the welfare of Tamil Nadu spans decades, is no more.August 7, 2018
Saddened by the death of Tamilnadu former Chief Minister and icon of social justice M.Karunanidhi.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) August 7, 2018
My deepest condolences to the family of M. Karunanidhi. Great loss for the nation and especially for Tamilnadu #RIPKalaignar @INCKarnataka pic.twitter.com/x4VoHLSCQ5
Pained to learn about the sad demise of Dr. M. Karunanidhi. His passing away is an irreparable loss to country and to the state of Tamil Nadu and marks end of an era. I convey my heartfelt condolences to members of his bereaved family and his supporters across the country.— Sumitra Mahajan (@S_MahajanLS) August 7, 2018
With the demise of DMK Supremo & former CM of Tamil Nadu, M.Karunanidhi, India has lost a prominent, distinguished leader of the masses, Kalaignar. Sad that we have lost a valuable leader whose commitment & leadership qualities were such that he served as CM of TN 5 times....1>2— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) August 7, 2018
Pettiness is the hallmark of some of our political relationships & no where is this more obvious than in the denial of the @arivalayam’s chosen place for #Karunanidhi ji’s last rites. The AIADMK Govt should reverse its cussedness. #Marina4Kalaignar— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) August 7, 2018
Today India lost one of its greatest sons. And Tamil Nadu lost its father figure. Farewell @Kalaignar89. My deepest condolences to the people of Tamil Nadu, @arivalayam, @mkstalin, @KanimozhiDMK and family. India mourns your loss— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 7, 2018