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PM pays respect to Karunakaran

Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, paid respects to the Senior most Congress leader, K Karunakaran, at the Town Hall here today.

india Updated: Dec 25, 2010 15:17 IST

Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, paid respects to the Senior most Congress leader, K Karunakaran, at the Town Hall here on Saturday.

Dr Singh, who arrived at Kochi from New Delhi by a special aircraft at abut 1.20pm, reached Thrissur by helicopter and immediately left by road to the Town hall where Karunakaran's body was kept.

The Prime minister was accompanied by Union minister, Gulam Nabi Azad and AICC General secretary, Mohsina Kidwai.

After placing a wreath, Dr Singh spoke to K Muraleedharan and Padmaja Venugopal, son and daughter of Karunakaran and spent some time with the bereaved family members.

Congress President, Sonia Gandhi, was in Kerala yesterday to pay her respects to Karunakaran.

Thousands of people from all walks of life had paid homage to Karunakaran at the town hall since this morning.

The hearse carrying the body, which left Thiruvananthapuram by road at around 2 pm yesterday, took nearly 18 hours to reach Thrissur this morning. Congress workers and public waited patiently for several hours to pay their respects at various points on the national highway through which the cortege passed.

The body will be kept at the congress office here for a short while after which it would be taken to 'Muralimandiram', the leader's house at nearby Punkunnam where the cremation will take place beside the tomb of his wife, Kalyanikitty amma who pre-deceased 15 years ago.