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Former Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi passes away after days of illness

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Tamil Nadu: Dravidian Progress Federation Chief for 50 years and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi bid goodbye to the world yesterday in Kauvery hospital at 6: 10 pm after being severely ill for several days.

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Expressing deep sadness on the demise of Karunanidhi, Kauvery Hospital executive director Dr Aravindan Selvaraj said in a press release, “With deep anguish we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar M Karunanidhi on 07.08.2018 at 6.10 pm. Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond.

“We profoundly mourn the loss of one of the tallest leaders of India and we share the grief of family members and fellow Tamilians worldwide,” a press release by DrAravindanSelvaraj, Executive Director of Kauvery Hospital.”

President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned his death.

“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,” Kovind tweeted. Modi said Karunanidhi stood for regional aspirations as well as national progress.

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“Deeply saddened by the passing away of KalaignarKarunanidhi. 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,” Modi said in a series of tweets.

Tamil Nadu’s E Palaniswami government faced a series of criticism for rejecting the DMK’s request for M Karunanidhi’s burial next to the grave of his political mentor CN Annadurai along Marina beach.

“We are not asking for a memorial at this stage… but only that he should be buried next to his mentor, Anna,” DMK spokesperson and lawyer A Saravanan told reporters after the high court’s unprecedented hearing past midnight.

Karunanidhi’s son and DMK working chief MK Stalin has asked the party cadres to maintain peace and hand over miscreants, who may try to stain the DMK’s image, to the police. “Prove DMK follows military discipline,” he said in a public appeal for calm.

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