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‘Lost a deep rooted mass leader’: PM Modi tweets on Karunanidhi’s death

A five-term chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi was a multi-faceted personality — a top politician, a star scriptwriter for Tamil movies, author and an impressive orator.

india Updated: Aug 07, 2018 20:06 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Photo of Narendra Modi with the former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi in 2007. (HT File Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday shared his grief over the death of DMK chief M Karunanidhi in a series of tweet saying that the leader stood for regional aspirations as well as national progress. The PM will be visiting Chennai tomorrow to pay his last respects.

Karunanidhi passed away earlier today at the age of 94 due to prolonged illness.

“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,” he said.

“Kalaignar Karunanidhi stood for regional aspirations as well as national progress. He was steadfastly committed to the welfare of Tamils and ensured that Tamil Nadu’s voice was effectively heard,” the Prime Minister added.

Recalling his meetings with Karunanidhi on various occasions, the Prime Minister hailed the DMK chief’s understanding of policies.

“I have had the opportunity of interacting with Karunanidhi Ji on several occasions. His understanding of policy and emphasis on social welfare stood out. Firmly committed to democratic ideals, his strong opposition to the Emergency will always be remembered,” he said.

PM Modi also expressed condolences for the leader’s family saying his thoughts were with them in this hour of grief.

“My thoughts are with the family and the countless supporters of Karunanidhi Ji in this hour of grief. India and particularly Tamil Nadu will miss him immensely. May his soul rest in peace,” he said.

Watch: Karunanidhi: Scriptwriter to maverick politician, the many faces of Kalaignar

M Karunanidhi died at Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital earlier today after prolonged illness. “Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resucitate him, he failed to respond,” the hospital said in a statement, expressing “deep anguish”.

First Published: Aug 07, 2018 19:18 IST