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Highlights: Karunanidhi buried with full state honours at Chennai’s Marina Beach

DMK president and former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi passed away at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday evening. He was 94. Here are the highlights.

By HT Correspondent | Aug 08, 2018 23:51 IST
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DMK president and former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi was buried beside his mentor CN Annadurai on Marina beach in Chennai on Wednesday.

Karunanidhi, 94, had passed away at Kauvery Hospital in the city on Tuesday evening.

High drama followed his death as the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu refused to allow his cremation at Marina beach in Chennai as demanded by DMK supporters. The Madras high court on Wednesday allowed Karunanidhi to be buried at Marina beach.

Here are the live updates:

7:00pm IST

Karunanidhi buried next to mentor

DMK chief is buried next to his mentor at Marina Beach in Chennai.

6:55pm IST

Politicians unite at Marina Beach

Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, Dayanidhi Maran, Kanimozhi among the political leaders who were

6:40pm IST

Stalin, family members pay tribute to Karunanidhi at Marina Beach

MK Stalin and other family members lay wreaths as tribute to Karunanidhi, at the Marina Beach in Chennai. The burial will begin shortly.

6:20pm IST

Rahul Gandhi, Chandrababu Naidu at Marina Beach

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu are at Marina Beach ahead of the ceremony.

According to media reports, Stalin, Selvi, Alagiri, Tamizharasu and Kanimozhi are sitting together before Karunanidhi’s last rites.

6:00pm IST

Kanimozhi arrives at Anna Memorial: Report

Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi arrives at Anna Memorial, say media reports.

5:45pm IST

Puducherry extends 3-day mourning period

The Congress government in Puducherry extends three-day mourning to seven days following the death of DMK leader M Karunanidhi. A cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister V Narayanasamy took the decision to extend the period of mourning to seven days instead of three as announced earlier, reports PTI.

5:40pm IST

Karunanidhi to be buried in engraved sandalwood casket

Karunanidhi’s body will be interred in a sandalwood casket and lowered into the earth at Marina Beach. According to the DMK leader’s wish, the quote -- “The person who had worked without rest is resting here” -- was sculpted on the casket.

5:30pm IST

MS Swaminathan pays homage to Karunanidhi

Former Rajya Sabha member MS Swaminathan pays homage to late DMK chief M Karunanidhi, saying he has great respect for scientists. In a series of posts on Twitter, Swaminathan hailed Karunanidhi and recalled some of his “outstanding” contributions to the society.

5:10pm IST

Stalin breaks down during funeral procession

At the procession, Karunanidhi’s family members, including the sons M K Stalin and Tamizharasu, were sobbing, reports news agency PTI.

4:55pm IST

Karunanidhi’s funeral procession crosses statue of DMK founder

Karunanidhi’s funeral procession crosses DMK founder CN Annadurai’s statue in Chennai’s Anna Salai, reports The Hindu.

Supporters who have gathered to pay tribute to Karunanidhi are raising slogans like ‘Kalaignar pugazh vazhga vazhgavey’ (long live the glory of Karunanidhi).

4:30pm IST

Stalin leads father’s funeral procession

DMK leader and Karunanidhi’s son MK Stalin, accompanied by party leaders, walked ahead of the military vehicle as the funeral procession made slow progress, with thousands thronging the streets.

4:15pm IST

A look at Karunanidhi’s last journey

The late DMK leader will be buried with full state honours in Chennai’s Marina Beach. The body, covered in tricolour, was put on a military vehicle shortly before the funeral procession.

4:00pm IST

Farooq Abdullah, Sharad Pawar pay tribute to Karunanidhi

3:55pm IST

Funeral procession begins

Funeral procession of late DMK leader Karunanidhi begins in Chennai. His body will be taken to Marina Beach for burial.

3:11pm IST

Two killed in stampede outside Chennai’s Rajaji Hall

Two killed in stampede outside Chennai’s Rajaji Hall where DMK leader M Karunanidhi’s body is kept.

2:53pm IST

Preparations underway for funeral of Karunanidhi

2:52pm IST

Telangana’s KC Rao pays homage to Karunanidhi

Chief minister of Telangana K Chandrasekhar Rao pays tribute to M Karunanidhi.

2:33pm IST

SC refuses to stall funeral procession of Karunanidhi

Supreme Court refuses to hear activist’s petition challenging Karunanidhi’s burial at Chennai’s Marina Beach.

2:25pm IST

Rahul Gandhi pays tribute

2:24pm IST

Roads to Marina Beach, Rajaji Hall closed

All arterial roads to Marina Beach and Rajaji Hall closed to traffic.

2:20pm IST

Akhilesh Yadav, Tejasvi Yadav pay homage

Former CMs Siddharamaiya, Akhilesh Yadav, Tejasvi Yadav pay homage to Karunanidhi.

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and governor Sadasivam have also reached Chennai.

2:15pm IST

Over 1 lakh people outside Rajaji Hall

Over one lakh people are waiting outside the Rajaji Hall where the mortal remains of Karunanidhi have being kept for people to pay homage.

2:06pm IST

One dies after scuffle outside Rajaji Hall

One died in the crowd, 25 people including cops receive injuries after shuffle broke out outside Rajaji Hall. The injured have been admitted to Rajiv Gandhi government hospital.

2:02pm IST

Chennai wears deserted look

Busy shopping areas like Pondy Baazar, Ranganathan Street were deserted.

Private bus operators stopped their services to and from Chennai till Wednesday evening

2:10pm IST

Karunanidhi was like father figure, very kind: Sonia Gandhi

In a letter to Karnuanidhi’s son MK Stalin, Gandhi wrote: “I am deeply saddened at the passing away of your revered and beloved father...

“For me, Kalignar’s loss is very personal. He always showed me great kindness and consideration, which I can never forget. He was like a father figure to me.”

2:00pm IST

Deve Gowda leaves for Chennai

Former prime minister and JD (S) supremo H D Deve Gowda will be in Chennai to pay his last respects to DMK president M Karunanidhi.

1:50 pm IST

Stalin appeals cadres to remain calm

Karunanidhi’s son Stalin appeals DMK cadres to remain calm as scuffle broke outside Rajaji Hall where the mortal remains of Karunanidhi have been kept.

Stalin says the government would play game against DMK as Madras HC directed to allocate space for Karunanidhi in Marina Beach.

1:47pm IST

Police block Rajaji Hall entrance

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

1:40pm IST

Construction of burial underway

1:16pm IST

DMK supporter tonsures head

1:08pm IST

Casket in which Karunanidhi will be put to rest

The casket reads “Oivu edukkamal uzhaithavan, idho oivu kondirukkiraan” (The man who worked hard without rest is relaxing here)

1:00pm IST

Huge crowd outside Rajaji Hall

12:48pm IST

Karunanidhi’s final procession to start by 5 PM

Karunanidhi’s final journey to Marine Beach is likely to start by 5 PM.

12:43pm IST

Rahul Gandhi reaches Chennai

Rahul Gandhi reaches Chennai to pay homage to Karunanidhi

12:35pm IST

Police resort to mild lathi charge to clear crowd at Rajaji Hall

Police resort to mild lathi charge to clear the crowd surrounding the mortal remains of Karunanidhi at Rajaji Hall.

A portion of a police force was shifted to Marina Beach, the crowd at the hall had swelled.

Commotion continues in Rajaji Hall.

12:21pm IST

Personally called PM Modi: Mamata Banerjee on Karunanidhi’s burial issue

12:14pm IST

Map of Karunanidhi’s burial place submitted by DMK in court

12:08pm IST

Karnataka CM Kumarasamy reaches Chennai

Karnataka Chief minister Kumarasamy and deputy chief minister Parameshwara have reached Chennai.

11:57am IST

Karunanidhi to be buried on right side of mentor Annadurai’s memorial

The body of Karunanidhi is to be buried on the right side of his mentor Annadurai’s memorial.

Bricks, cement is being taking to Anna square. Construction workers are also present.

DMK senior leaders Ponmudi , EV Velu also at Anna square.

11:45am IST

Preliminary arrangements underway in Marina Beach for burial

500 police personnel deployed in Marina Beach as DMK supporters gather in huge number outside Anna Memorial at Marina Beach. Riot control force is also kept ready. Two JCB vehicles also stationed at the beach.

DMK leaders including principal secretary Duraimurugan reached Anna square. PWD officials are also at the spot.

11:41am IST

Parliament adjourned as mark of respect to Karunanidhi

As a mark of respect to DMK chief M Karunanidhi, who died on Tuesday after a prolonged illness, both houses of Parliament – Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned on Wednesday.

11:40 am IST

Mamata Banerjee pays last respect

Chennai: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee pays her last respect to DMK chief M Karunanidhi, in Chennai on Wednesday, Aug. 08, 2018. DMK president M Karunanidhi died yesterday after a prolonged illness, the city hospital where the leader was admitted. (PTI Photo)(PTI8_8_2018_000022B) (PTI)

11:20am IST

PM Modi leaves Rajaji Hall

Stalin, TR Baalu sends off PM Modi.

11:15am IST

PM pays homage to Karunanidhi at Rajaji Hall

PM pays homage to Karunanidhi at Chennai’s Rajaji Hall.

He meets Karunanidhi’s wife Rajathi Ammal, Kanimozhi and Stalin after paying last respects.  Union defence minister Nirmala Seetharaman, BJP state president Tamilisai Sounderrajan accompanied Modi.

11:00am IST

Court has directed TN govt to establish a memorial for Karunanidhi: DMK lawyer

10:53am IST

Stalin cries after hearing Madras HC order, DMK cadres celebrate

Stalin cries as A Raja explains Madras HC order allowing memorial at Marina Beach for Karunanidhi.

DMK cadres celebrate after hearing court order.

10:46am IST

Madras HC allows Marina memorial for Karunanidhi

TN govt stand declined by judges. Madras HC allows Marina memorial for M Karunanidhi.

10:41am IST

Need nothing less than 6X6 foot land for a tall leader: DMK

All we need is 6X6 foot land for a tall leader. Nothing else, concludes DMK’s lawyer.

10:35am IST

Arguments at Madras HC over

Arguments are now over. Acting Chief Justice begins dictating orders.

10:33am IST

Family members of Karunanidhi have not approached HC: Justice SS Sundar

10:32am IST

PM Narendra Modi arrives in Chennai

PM Narendra Modi arrives in Chennai to pay last respects to DMK chief M Karunandhi. He is received at the airport by Tamil Nadu chief minister Palaniswami and deputy CM O Panneerselvam.

10:31am IST

Court asks details of permission given for Jayalalithaa’s burial

Court asks govt to show details of permission given for burial of former chief minister Jayalalithaa.

10:13am IST

Rapid Action Force deployed outside Anna memorial

10:00am IST

Kamal Haasan pays last respects

9:50am IST

DMK is pursuing political agenda, says TN lawyer

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

9:44am IST

Bench asks why former CM Kamaraj was not buried at Marina Beach

Why former CM Kamaraj was not buried at Marina Beach, asks Madras HC bench.

DMK responds that Congress took a decision to bury him in party house and there were no requests from Congress that time.

9:42am IST

When Jayalalithaa can be buried at Marina Beach why not Karunanidhi: DMK

Acting CJ Huluvady Ramesh asks about the permission and the orders related to the burial of late CM Jayalalithaa.

DMK argues when former CM Jayalalitha can be buried at Marina Beach why not Karunanidhi.

9:37am IST

Heavy security outside Anna Memorial at Marina beach

9:32am IST

1 crore DMK followers will be offended if burial land not alloted: DMK lawyer

DMK’s lawyer says, ‘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.’

9:30am IST

PM Modi to reach Rajaji Hall at around 11 am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to reach Rajaji Hall around 11 where the mortal remains of Karunanidhi have been kept.

9:15am IST

Burying Karunanidhi near Gandhi Mandapam cannot be termed as a decent burial: DMK

9:10am IST

TN Govt says Karunanidhi didn’t allot land for Janaki Ramachandran’s burial

9:02am IST

Govt tells court DMK can’t challenge govt press release

AIADMK govt tells Court DMK can’t challenge press release by Govt expressing inability to allot space at Marina beach for Karunanidhi.

9:00am IST

Madras HC records submissions made by DMK in affidavit

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.

8:55am IST

Deepa Jayakumar, VCK president Thol Thirumavalavan pay last respect

Deepa Jayakumar pays last respects to Karunanidhi at Rajaji Hall.

8:44am IST

DMK files new affidavit

DMK files new affidavit justifying that there will not be any violations if M Karunanidhi is buried at Marina Beach.

Madras high court dismisses petitions filed by Traffic Ramaswamy, K Balu and Duraisamy challenging construction of memorials at Marina beach, reports ANI

Four out of five petitions withdrawn.

8:26am IST

Former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy pays homage

8:12am IST

Madras HC hearing begins

TN govt submitted its reply to Madras HC. It says court cannot be intervening into policy decisions.

7:49am IST

Tamil Nadu governor pays last respects

Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit pays last respects to Karunanidhi.

7:35am IST

Huge crowd gathers at Rajaji Hall

7:10am IST

Great loss for Tamil Nadu: Chief minister Palaniswami

This is a great loss for Tamil Nadu. My deep condolences to his family members and DMK party workers: Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswami after paying last respects to Karunanidhi at Chennai’s Rajaji Hall.

7:00am IST

E Palaniswamy and O Panneerselvam at Rajaji hall

6:30am IST

Sea of DMK supporters throng Rajaji hall

6:20am IST

Rajinikanth, Dhanush pay last respects

Rajinikanth, Dhanush pay last respects to Karunanidhi at Rajaji hall.

6:10am IST

Karunanidhi’s remains wrapped in tricolour

Mortal remains of Karunanidhi wrapped in tricolour at Chennai’s Rajaji hall.

5:55am IST

Dhinakaran arrives at Rajaji hall

TTV Dhinakaran arrives at Rajaji hall where mortal remains of Karunanidhi are kept.

5:40am IST

Ambulance carrying mortal remains of Karunanidhi arrives at Rajaji hall

Ambulance carrying mortal remains of Karunanidhi arrives at Rajaji hall amid a sea of DMK supporters and police personnel.