Karunanidhi Funeral | An era ends as Kalaignar is laid to rest at Marina Beach in Chennai

08 August 2018, 08:58 PM
Karunanidhi Funeral LIVE | Kalaignar buried at Marina Beach in Chennai (Photo: PTI)
Karunanidhi Funeral LIVE | Kalaignar buried at Marina Beach in Chennai (Photo: PTI)

The nation mourned and thousands of supporters and loved ones thronged the funeral service and bid tearful farewell as Tamil political icon and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader M Karunanidhi made his final journey and was laid to rest at the Marina Beach in Chennai on Wednesday. Striking down opposition, the Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the last rites of Karunanidhi to be performed at Marina Beach in Chennai, observing that there was no legal impediment in providing a place at Marina Beach as sought by the party. Meanwhile, scores of DMK cadres and Kalaignar followers have joined the funeral procession near the beach. Karunanidhi breathed his last on Tuesday evening at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai.  

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Here are the Live Updates on Karunanidhi Funeral:

# Nation pays homage as DMK leader Muthuvel Karunanidhi is laid to rest at Marina beach, next to Anna memorial, in Chennai

# Burial to take place shortly.

The stature of Karunanidhi has been grand in the politics of South India. He was always seen as a Dravid Yoddha. Like Bal Thackeray in Maharashtra, Karunanidhi was an eminent leader in Tamil Nadu: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena.

M Karunanidhi's family, including son MK Stalin, pays last tribute to the DMK chief at Marina beach. Burial to take place shortly.

# Funeral with full state honour has been taking place at Marina Beach; 21 gun salutes for DMK patriarch

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, State Minister D Jayakumar and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan pay tribute to Karunanidhi at Marina beach.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi at last rites ceremony of Karunanidhi.

MK Stalin with sister Selvi and brother MK Alagiri at last rites ceremony of Karunanidhi.

# Karunanidhi's funeral procession, which left from Rajaji Hall at 4 pm is moving towards Marina Beach.

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, JD-S chief HD Deve Gowda, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Karunanidhi's daughter and DMK leader Kanimozhi and several other political leaders are waiting at the Marina Beach memorial where Karunanidhi will be buried in a while.

Narayanasamy has also promised to erect a bronze statue in the honour of M Karunanidhi.

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy promises to rename a road after DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi.

# Kalaignar will rest near Anna memorial.

# Karunanidhi's body carried on a gun carriage.

# DMK chief Karunanidhi to be buried near Annadurai.

# Sea of Kalaignar followers join the procession, elaborate arrangements at Marina Beach

# Karunanidhi's final journey begins; heavy security deployed.

# Mortal remains of DMK Chief M Karunanidhi being taken to Marina Beach for last rites.

Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah, NCP President Sharad Pawar and Congress leader Praful Patel pay tribute to the DMK Chief M. Karunanidhi at Rajaji Hall.

Supreme Court refuses to entertain the plea filed by Traffic Ramaswamy seeking a stay on the last rites of Karunanidhi at Marina Beach. Ramaswamy had moved SC against the Madras High Court order which allowed to perform the last rites of Karunanidhi at the Marina beach. Read Full Story Here

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Governor P. Sathasivam, and Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala paid tribute to the DMK Chief at Rajaji Hall.

Visually challenged supporters of Karunanidhi paid tribute to the DMK Chief at Rajaji Hall.

Preparations underway for the state funeral of M Karunanidhi at Marina beach in Chennai.

Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrasekhar arrives at Rajaji Hall, pays homage to DMK chief M Karunanidhi.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to M Karunanidhi at Rajaji Hall.

RJD's Tejashwi Yadav and SP's Akhilesh Yadav with MK Stalin at Rajaji Hall.

# Those who are in power are trying to create chaos, but you have all shown the strength of the cadres. I appeal to everyone to maintain peace: MK Stalin.

# I request the cadre to remain calm, I did not want anything for myself. All I want is a fitting tribute to Kalaignar: MK Stalin

People climb walls in an attempt to enter Rajaji Hall after Police blocked hall entrance due to huge crowds

Construction of burial at Chennai's Marina beach for Karunanidhi, underway.

DMK supporter gets his head tonsured as mark of respect for Karunandhi

Scuffle between breaks out between Police & crowd gathered at Rajaji Hall, police resort to lathi charge

Visuals of huge crowd at Chennai's Rajaji Hall where mortal remains of M Karunanidhi are kept.

PM Narendra Modi with MK Stalin after paying last respects to M Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hall earlier on Wednesday.

Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien to represent Trinamool Congress at the funeral of M Karunanidhi

Yesterday, I had gone to their residence to pay tributes to Karunanidhi ji. He was the senior most leader & politician, legendary figure So, it is a great loss: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

# I was unhappy yesterday, as the govt did not allow the Marina beach burial. I had called the CM but he was unavailable. I also personally called the PM in this regard, says West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

PM Narendra Modi talks to DMK leaders MK Stalin & Kanimozhi, after paying last respects to M Karunanidhi at Rajaji Hall in Chennai.

With profound sorrow, I've to inform the House about the sad demise of Karunanidhi who passed away on 7 Aug 18. He served as CM of Tamil Nadu for 5 times. In his demise, country has lost highly popular & eminent personality, said Sumitra Mahajan, Lok Sabha speaker

# DMK supporters gather outside Anna memorial at Chennai's Marina beach. JCB machines have also reached the spot following Madras High Court's judgement that M Karunanidhi will receive burial at the Marina beach.

DMK workers gather at Rajaji Hall where the mortal remains of M Karunanidhi are kept.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks to MK Stalin and Kanimozhi after paying last respects to M Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hall.

# Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays last respects to former CM M Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hall.

The DMK's plea for the burial of Kalaignar's body near Anna memorial has been accepted by the Madras High Court. The court further directed Tamil Nadu government to ensure & establish a memorial for Kalaignar, says V Kannadasan, DMK's lawyer

DMK supporters celebrate following Madras High Court's verdict to allow the burial of former CM M Karunanidhi at Chennai's Marina beach.

# MK Stalin breaks down after Madras High Court's verdict to allow the burial of former CM M Karunanidhi at Chennai's Marina beach.

The Madras High Court has allowed DMK chief M Karunanidhi to be buried near the Anna Memorial at the Marina Beach in Chennai, according to sources.

PM Narendra Modi arrives in Chennai to pay last respects to DMK chief M Karunanidhi.

 Acting Chief Justice begins dictating orders after long arguments. 

'DMK is pursuing a political agenda by filing this case. DK Chief Periyar was the tallest leader of the Dravidian movement. Was he buried at Marina beach?' says lawyer of Tamil Nadu government.

There are 1 crore DMK followers in Tamil Nadu out of 7 crore population of the state. They'll be offended if burial land is not allotted for Karunanidhi at Marina beach, says DMK laywer.

Visuals of heavy security outside Anna Memorial at Marina beach. Hearing in the case against denial of burial land by Tamil Nadu Govt at Marina beach for M Karunanidhi is underway at Madras High Court. 

'You (state govt) have announced state mourning, why not give land for burial? There's no prohibition under Central Govt protocol to allot land at Marina beach for ex-CMs,' says DMK's lawyer.

We demand that Bharat Ratna be conferred upon him. We also demand that his memorial be made near Anna Samadhi, says VCK chief Thol Thirumavalavan

Tamil Nadu Government states in its counter affidavit that DMK chief Karunanidhi himself didn't allot land for former CM Janaki Ramachandran after understanding the protocol manual when Karunanidhi was the CM.

Court records contents of the counter affidavit filed by state Govt who tells Court, DMK can't challenge press release by Govt expressing inability to allot space at Marina beach for Karunanidhi

Madras High Court Acting Chief Justice records in his order, submissions made by DMK organising secretary RS Bharathi in his affidavit seeking burial land at Marina beach for Karunanidhi.

# VCK president Thol Thirumavalavan pays last respects to former Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hall.

Deepa Jayakumar pays last respects to former Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hall.

Madras HC directs Traffic Ramaswamy’s lawyer to file memorandum that he has no objection to burying Karunanidhi’s body at Marina beach. Lawyer submits the memorandum to the Acting Chief Justice

# Former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy pays last respects to former Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hall.

'We have no objection to the burial land for Karunanidhi,' says Lawyer of petitioner Traffic Ramaswamy. Acting Chief Justice says to the lawyer 'Withdraw your case'.

# Case against denial of burial land by Tamil Nadu Govt at Marina beach for M Karunanidhi: Tamil Nadu Govt files its counter affidavit in the case. Hearing in the matter is underway at Madras High Court.

# Loud slogans of 'Long Live Kalaignar' and 'Need Marina! Need Marina!' can be heard. 

Massive crowd at Chennai's Rajaji Hall, where the mortal remains of Karunanidhi have been kept.

"This is a great loss for Tamil Nadu. My deep condolences to his family members and DMK party workers," says Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami as he and his deputy O Panneerselvam pay their respects at Rajaji Hall.

The Madras High Court resumes hearing a plea seeking burial space at Marina beach. 

The mortal remains of M Karunanidhi, who passed away at 6.10 pm on Tuesday, is at Rajaji Hall.

First Published: Wednesday, August 08, 2018 08:33 AM
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