New Delhi: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president, Muthuvel Karunanidhi breathed his last on Tuesday evening, suffering from age-related ailments for a few years now. He had been admitted to a hospital in Chennai for 11 days before he passed away.
Karunanidhi, five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu, was also a first-class screenwriter, and has over 100 works in Tamil to his credit, including poems and novels.
Karunanidhi continued to patronise the arts, even after entering politics. Under his tenure in 2000, he unveiled a 40-metre long statue of Tamil poet and philosopher Tiruvalluvar at Kanyakumari.
Kamal Haasan, who was really close to Karunanidhi, had met the ailing politician in the hospital a few days back. Word is that, he cancelled all his shoots the minute he got the news and paid his last respect to his inspiration, Karunanidhi.
His demise brought all important leaders in the country to acknowledge his works in literature and politics. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi offered their condolences to Karunanidhi’s family.
The Prime Minister also visited Chennai on Wednesday, accompanied by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwari Lal Purohit, Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan and state BJP President Tamilisai Soundararajan. He paid homage to late Karunanidhi after laying a wreath on his body.
Several politicians took to Twitter to express sorrow at the demise of the DMK president:
Actor-turned-politician Rajnikanth also expressed his views on Twitter:
Tamil Nadu’s present chief minister also tweeted:
After the chief minister’s office of Puducherry announced that a by-pass road will be named after the former CM of Tamil Nadu, V Narayanasamy took to Twitter and said that a bronze statue will be erected for Kalaignar (artist in Tamil) Karunanidhi.
Oscar-winning musician AR Rahman expressed his respects for the late DMK leader stating how his infectious passion and love for Tamizh will stay forever”