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DMK demands Bharat Ratna for Karunanidhi as tribute to ‘tallest leader’

Former DMK chief M Karunanidhi died on August 7 after a brief illness. The DMK stalwart had served as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu five times but was never a member of Parliament.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2018 11:52 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chennai
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School students in Chennai gather under a potrait of M Karunanidhi to pay homage. (AFP File Photo)

The DMK General Council on Tuesday demanded the country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna be conferred on party patriarch M Karunanidhi, who passed away in Chennai on August 7.

DMK lawmaker and propaganda secretary Trichy Siva read this resolution at the party meeting to elect Karunanidhi’s son MK Stalin as the new president.

DMK chief M Karunanidhi died on August 7 after a brief illness. The DMK stalwart had served as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu five times but was never a member of Parliament.

Read:Live updates from DMK meeting

The DMK had also raised this issue in the state assembly sometime back, saying Karunanidhi was a Dravidian stalwart and the tallest leader and deserved the highest honour.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha, DMK’s Tiruchi Shiva dubbed Karunanidhi the “tallest leader of the country and a Dravidian stalwart”.

“He lived five years short of a century, out of which he contributed 80 years to the public life, fighting for the cause of the downtrodden, backward and the suppressed people.

“He was an outstanding orator, a prolific writer, a novelist, a short-story writer, a philosopher, a philanthropist and also a dramatist. He was an actor and also wrote scripts for 80 movies,” Shiva said enumerating the achievements of Karunanidhi.

First Published: Aug 28, 2018 11:16 IST