DMK president and former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi passed away at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday evening. He was 94.
The hospital said the DMK chief passed away at 6:10pm on Tuesday despite best efforts to resuscitate him. Karunanidhi had been under treatment at the hospital for the last 10 days. On Monday evening, the hospital said there was a decline in his condition.
Hundreds of DMK supporters gathered outside the hospital, mourning the loss of the veteran politician.
Here are the updates:
Hearing on Karunanidhi’s burial deferred
Madras high court defers till 8am Wednesday hearing on DMK’s petition to allow party leader M Karunanidhi’s burial at Chennai’s Marina Beach.
Naveen Patnaik expresses grief
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has expressed deep grief over the demise of former Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK president M. Karunanidhi. The CM has prayed peace and tranquillity for the departed soul and expressed deep sympathies with the family members: BJD statement.
Bharat Ratna demand for Karunanidhi
Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi chief Thol Thirumavalavan demands Bharat Ratna for Karunanidhi.
No legal hurdles for Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina beach: DMK lawyer
Area sought for Karunanidhi’s burial not governed by coastal regulation laws. Since all petitioners have withdrawn their plea, no legal hurdles to give Kalaignar resting space at Marina beach: DMK lawyer.
Sri Lankan President extends condolences
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena mourns Karunanidhi’s death. “I am deeply saddened by the death of former chief minister and senior political leader Karunanidhi,” he said in a tweet.
Two-day state mourning in Bihar
Bihar government has announced two-day state mourning in wake of Karunanidhi’s death.
Rajinikanth arrives at Gopalapuram
Rajinikanth arrives at Karunanidhi’s Gopalapuram residence where the DMK chief’s mortal remains are kept.
— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2018
Mamata meets Stalin, Kanimozhi
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee meets MK Stalin and Kanimozhi at Gopalapuram in Chennai.
— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2018
Mamata Banerjee backs DMK plea for Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina
Mamata Banerjee backs DMK’s plea for Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina beach. “Give Karunanidhi place at Marina. He is a popular leader,” she appealed to Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami.
DMK workers raise slogans demanding Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina
DMK workers raise slogans at Gopalapuram hailing Karunanidhi and demand his burial next to Anna memorial at Marina beach.
CPI urges TN govt to allot space at Marina for burying Karunanidhi
“DMK as a party and Karunanidhi’s family requested for space at the Marina. The state government must deal with the issue in a dignified way, accepting the request,” CPI national secretary D Raja told PTI.
The government “should not create hurdles…it will be a dishonour for such a person,” he said.
DMK cadre storm Twitter demanding burial space for Karunanidhi
Hashtags Marina and Marina4Kalaignar were trending with 31,000 and 19,000 tweets as thousands asked the government to stop playing politics and give the late leader a space beside other stalwarts of the Dravidian movement. Read full story
DMK lawyers reach Madras HC chief justice’s residence
DMK’s lawyers for reach residence of Madras High Court acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh who had agreed to hear the case against Tamil Nadu government’s denial of burial land for Karunanidhi at Marina beach.
Karunanidhi’s body reaches Gopalapuram residence
— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2018
Karunanidhi deserves to be given space on Marina Beach: Rahul Gandhi
Like Jayalalitha ji, Kalaignar was an expression of the voice of the Tamil people. That voice deserves to be given space on Marina Beach. I am sure the current leaders of Tamil Nadu will be magnanimous in this time of grief: Rahul Gandhi
CM conducts meet with advocate general
Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami conducts meeting with advocate general.
Rajinikanth asks TN govt to allocate land for Karunanidhi’s burial
Rajinikanth asked the AIADMK-led Tamil Nadu government to allocate land for burying Karunanidhi at Marina beach. “Tamil Nadu Government must take all measures for last rites of Karunanidhi to be performed near Anna memorial. This would be the highest respect we would be paying to him. This is my humble request,” he said.
Tamilians will never forgive state govt if burial land denied: Farooq Abdullah
A great leader has passed away, he did not only represent Tamil Nadu but India as a whole. He fought for federalism and for Tamil people. The people of Tamil Nadu will never forgive State Govt if it denies burial land which is requested by DMK : Farooq Abdullah on Karunandhi
Mamata Banerjee arrives in Chennai
Mamata Banerjee arrives at Chennai airport. The West Bengal chief minister is expected to attend the Karunanidhi’s burial on Wednesday.
All petrol bunks in Tamil Nadu closed tomorrow
All petrol bunks in Tamil Nadu to remain closed tomorrow.
DMK cadres take to the streets in Vellore’s Ranipettai
DMK cadres resorted to protests in Ranipettai of Vellore district against the state government’s decision to deny a place for buying Karunanidhi at Marina beach.
National flag to fly at half mast in Delhi, all state capitals: Central govt
“National flag to fly at half mast tomorrow in Delhi, all state capitals and throughout the state of Tamil Nadu. It has also been decided to accord state funeral tomorrow in Chennai and national mourning has been declared for tomorrow,” announces Government of India, reports ANI.
Karunanidhi’s body to be brought to Rajaji hall at 4am
Karunanidhi’s body will be brought to Rajaji Hall in the Government Estate at 4am Wednesday to enable political leaders, the general public and party cadres to pay homage, the party said.
The body will be placed at the departed leader’s Gopalapuram residence till 1am.Later, it will be taken to the CIT Colony residence of Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi to enable their family members pay homage, the party said in a release.
Two DMK cadres die of heart attack
Two DMK cadres died of heart attack after hearing about Karunanidhi’s demise in Mayiladuthurai of Nagapattinam district.
Madras HC to hear petition over Karunanidhi’s burial at 10:30pm today
Acting chief justice of Madras HC Kuluvadi G Ramesh has agreed to hear DMK’s petition seeking the burial of Karunanidhi at Marina by 10:30pm today, if the papers are in order and the Advocate General is informed about the hearing.
Opposition party leaders Pattali Makkal Katchi founder Ramadoss, Communist Party of India’s state secretary Mutharasan, DMDK’s Vijayakanth have urged the AIADMK government to allot land at Marina.
Unable to allot space at Marina due to pending legal cases: Govt
A government statement said it was “unable to allot space at Marina beach owing to several pending cases in the Madras High Court and legal complications,” report news agency PTI. Hence, the government is prepared to allott a two-acre site on Sardar Patel Road near the memorials to Rajaji and Kamaraj, it said.
Some reports said the government was reluctant about allotting space for Karunanidhi’s burial at the Marina as he was not a sitting chief minister.
Police lathi charge crowd near hospital
As cadres throng the ambulance carrying Karunanidhi’s body, police resort to a minor lathi charge to control the crowd. The ambulance moves at snail’s pace on TTK road.
Stalin breaks down as Karunanidhi’s body leaves hospital
MK Stalin breaks down as ambulance with Karunanidhi’s body leaves Kauvery Hospital for his Gopalapuram residence.
DMK moves Madras high court over Karunanidhi’s burial
DMK moves Madras High Court over space for Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina beach near Anna Samadhi. Party advocates are at the acting Chief Justice’s residence with a petition requesting midnight hearing.
MK stalin writes a letter to CM seeking permission to bury his father’s body inside the mausoleum complex of the departed leader’s mentor CN Annadurai at the Marina. Tamil Nadu political leaders Vaiko, Thirumavalavan are urging the state government to revise its stand on allocating land.
Karunanidhi deserves rightful place, TN govt shouldn’t play politics: Azad
Tamil Nadu government should not play politics. On such occasions, government and parties should be above politics. Kalaignar should be given his due. He deserves rightful place even after his demise: Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tamil Nadu government denying land for Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina beach
DMK cadre raise slogans against TN CM over Kalaignar’s burial
Hundreds of DMK cadres throng the Gopalapuram residence and raise slogans against Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami for denying permission to bury Karunanidh’s body near Anna Samadhi.
Cadres raise slogans outside Kauvery hospital now, saying “Vendum Vendum Marinavil idam vendum (We want a place in Marina).”
— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2018
Centre sends 13 CRPF companies to Tamil Nadu
Central government has sent 13 companies of CRPF to Tamil Nadu on the state government’s request.
State honours for Karunanidhi, says Tamil Nadu govt
State honours will be accorded to Karunanidhi and the tricolour will be draped over him, she said, adding a gun salute will also be given to the late leader.
The Indian national flag will fly half mast during the seven-day mourning period in the state and all government-related functions will be cancelled, Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan said. The orders were issued by Chief Minister K Palaniswami following the death of veteran leader Karunanidhi, she said in a statement.
Palaniswami has directed that a condolence message be published in the state gazette, she said.
AIADMK govt rejects DMK demand for Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina beach
Controversy erupts as AIADMK government rejects DMK demand for giving space for M Karunanidhi’s burial near Anna Samadhi at Marina beach.
Senior DMK leader Durai Murugan had said earlier, “We had met CM and submitted a request for a ‘Samadhi’ near Anna memorial, he had accepted our request then, but has not communicated anything in this regard till now.”
Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad in Chennai tomorrow
Congress President Rahul Gandhi along with senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mukul Wasnik to travel to Chennai tomorrow.
South Indian film industry mourns Karunanidhi’s death
The south Indian film industry joined thousands as they mourned Karunanidhi’s death. Actors Rajinikanth, Hansika Motwani, Trisha Krishnan, Pranitha Subhash, Rahul Ravindran, and composers GV Prakash Kumar, Anirudh Ravichander were among those who tweeted messages. Read full story
Karunanidhi’s body to be kept at Gopalapuram residence till 1 am
Karunanidhi’s body will be kept in Gopalapuram residence till 1 am. Then it will be taken to Kanimozhi ‘s house in CIT colony.
Govt declares 7-day mourning in Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu government has declared a public holiday tomorrow and a seven-day mourning after Karunanidhi’s death. The national flag will fly at half mast: Tamil Nadu chief secretary
No one can forget Karunanidhi’s struggle against Emergency: Amit Shah
BJP chief Amit Shah expressed grief over DMK president M Karunanidhi’s death today and recalled his impressive life journey, saying no one could forget his struggle when the Emergency was imposed in 1975.
Anguished to learn about the demise of veteran politician, M Karunanidhi ji. He had an impressive life journey, starting as a screen writer in Tamil film industry to being five term Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. No one can forget his struggle during Emergency, imposed in 1975.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 7, 2018
Stalin appeals DMK workers to maintain peace
MK Stalin in a statement has appealed to DMK workers to maintain peace and discipline, thanks doctors and the management of Kauvery Hospital .
“I appeal to party office bearers to ensure that the cadres disperse in a peaceful manner”, he says. Stalin has asked the cadres not to indulge in any activity that would bring a bad name to the deceased leader and not to damage public property.
DMK workers raise slogans in Karunanidhi’s memory outside Kauvery hospital
DMK cadres throng Kauvery hospital and Karunanidhi’s residence in Gopalapuram. Only a few party workers seen at the party headquarters, Anna Arivalayam.
— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2018
India has lost one of its greatest sons: Mamata Banerjee
Today India lost one of its greatest sons. And Tamil Nadu lost its father figure. Farewell @Kalaignar89. My deepest condolences to the people of Tamil Nadu, @arivalayam, @mkstalin, @KanimozhiDMK and family. India mourns your loss
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 7, 2018
Karunanidhi’s body to be taken to his Gopalapuram home
The mortal remains of M Karunanidhi will be taken to his home at Gopalapuram in Chennai from the Kauvery Hospital and then to Rajaji Hall for people to pay their last respects, a senior DMK leader told IANS news agency.
PM Modi to travel to Chennai tomorrow to pay his last respects
PM Narendra Modi to travel to Chennai on Wednesday morning, to pay his last respects to late DMK chief Karunanidhi. Congress president Rahul Gandhi will also be in Chennai tomorrow.
India has lost a political stalwart: K Chandrashekar Rao
In his death, India has lost a political stalwart and it will be difficult to fill the void caused by his sad demise. Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao has expressed his condolences to the bereaved members of the family: Statement
A big loss for Tamil Nadu and India: Pon Radhakrishnan
“His demise is a big loss for Tamil Nadu and the whole country. On behalf of BJP and myself, I pay tributes to Karunanidhi,” Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan.
‘India has lost a great son,’ says Rahul Gandhi
Loved by the Tamilian people, Kalaignar strode the stage of Tamil politics, like a colossus, for over 6 decades. In his passing, India has lost a great son. My condolences to his family as also to the millions of Indians who grieve for their beloved leader tonight.#Karunanidhi
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 7, 2018
Chandrababu Naidu condoles Karunanidhi’s death
In a statement, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed deep sorrow over passing away of DMK chief Karunanidhi.
Security alert across Tamil Nadu
A security alert had been sounded across Tamil Nadu, bearing in mind the outbreaks of violence in the past over the deaths of popular figures, news agency PTI reports.
Huge numbers of police personnel have been deployed across the state to control the Karunanidhi’s supporters, who were virtually camping outside Kauvery hospital waiting for every single detail from the hospital.
India is poorer today: President Kovind condoles Karunanidhi’s 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 #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 7, 2018
A black day in my life: Rajinikanth
“Today is a black day in my life, one which I can never forget as I lost my Kalaignar. I pray for his soul,” Rajinikanth condoles Karunanidhi’s death.
Karnataka stops bus services to Tamil Nadu
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation services to Tamil Nadu have been stopped temporarily
PM Modi condoles Karunanidhi’s death
PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “Deeply saddened by 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.”
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. pic.twitter.com/7ZZQi9VEkm
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 7, 2018
Karunanidhi passed away at 6.10pm, says hospital
“With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi on 07.08.2018 at 06.10pm. Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond,” Kauvery hospital said in a statement.
“We profoundly mourn the lose of one of the tallest leaders of India and we share the grief of family members and fellow Tamilians worldwide,” the statement said.
DMK chief Karunanidhi dies after prolonged illness
DMK chief and former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi passed away at 94 in Chennai’s Kauvery hospital.
Tamil Nadu govt orders closure of liquor shops
The Tamil Nadu government has ordered the closure of liquor shops at 6 pm today, news agency IANS reported.
Amid rising concerns over Karunanidhi’s health, many in Chennai have begun to stock essentials like vegetables and milk, fearing a shutdown in the city and across the state.
DMK supporters wave party flags, weep outside hospital
Thousands of DMK supporters, both men and women, had begun massing outside Kauvery hospital even before the Tuesday evening statement, some waving the party’s red-and-black flags and photos of Karunanidhi, news agency IANS reported.
“Ezhundhu Vaa Thalaivaa” (Awake, our leader) and “Vaa, Vaa, Gopalapuram Polaam Vaa” (Come, Come, let’s go to Gopalapuram) were among the slogans raised by the emotionally-charged crowd, referring to the locality where the former Chief Minister has a house.
But after the latest medical bulletin, many in the crowd started to weep on the barricaded streets.
DMK worker breaks down outside Kauvery Hospital
— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2018
Mamata Banerjee leaves for Chennai
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee leaves for Chennai to visit ailing DMK leader Karunanidhi.
Crowds throng Kauvery hospital in Chennai
DMK cadres continued to mass in large numbers outside the Kauvery Hospital. The crowds outside the hospital started to swell after the medical bulletin issued by the hospital on Monday evening said that Karunanidhi’s condition had deteriorated.
Chennai: DMK workers break down after Kauvery Hospital released statement that M Karunanidhi’s health has deteriorated further. pic.twitter.com/LapebJnjvi
— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2018
DMK workers gather outside Kauvery Hospital in Chennai
— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2018
Karunanidhi extremely critical and unstable: Hospital
“There has been significant decline in the clinical condition of Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi over the last few hours. Despite maximum medical support, his vital organ functions continue to deteriorate. His condition is extremely critical and unstable,” Kauvery hospital said in a health bulletin released at 4:30 pm.
DGP issues circular to all district SPs, police commissioners
A circular issued by Director General of Police TK Rajendran asked all Superintendents of Police, City Police Commissioners and others to direct officials under them to report to them immediately in uniform without delay. The circular asked them to keep enough forces to maintain law and order. The zonal inspector generals of police (IGPs) have been asked to utilise manpower within the zone depending upon the requirement.
Stalin meets Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami
After the Kauvery hospital reported a deterioration in DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s health, DMK working president MK Stalin, along with MK Azhagiri and Kanimozhi, met Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at at his residence.
Around 6,500 cops deployed in Chennai
Around 1,200 police officials, 500 armed forces and 700 Tamil Nadu special forces have been deployed at Rajarathinam Stadium. In total, 6,500 cops are in Chennai as DMK supporters continue to gather outside Kauvery Hospital where DMK chief M Karunanidhi is admitted.