Parliament adjourned for the day after paying respects to Karunanidhi

New Delhi: Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day on Wednesday after paying obituary to DMK chief M Karunanidhi who passed away on Tuesday evening. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan informed members of the demise of Karunnidhi (94) as soon as the Lok Sabha met for the day.

Describing him as a “visionary” and a “leader of the masses”, she said he spread his political philosophy through screen writing and produced some of the best hits in Tamil cinema. After observing a moment of silence in his memory, Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned for the day.

In Rajya Sabha, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, read out an obituary reference, which described Karunanidhi as a multifaceted personality and a gritty figure who overcame difficulties.

Members stood in silence as a mark of respect, after which Naidu adjourned the proceedings for the day. Prior to the commencement of proceedings, Naidu had consulted senior leaders of various political parties for their views on adjournment of proceedings of the House for the day.

He sought to know views of leaders as there was no precedent of adjourning the House in case the deceased leader was not a sitting or former member of the House, reported PTI.

Parliamentary Affairs minister Anant Kumar said that the government was also in favour of adjournment and the same was conveyed to the Lok Sabha Speaker as well. He, however, sought the cooperation of all parties in
both Houses in passing important pending Bills like the one relating to Prevention of Atrocities against SCs and STs in the Rajya Sabha and if required by dispensing with the Zero Hour and private members bills, they said.

PM Modi pays homage

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid homage to the late DMK President M Karunanidhi after laying a wreath on the body at Rajaji Hall in Chennai.

On Tuesday, PM Modi took to Twitter to express his views on the demise of the veteran political leader, and in a series of tweets he talked about how India, has “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.”

After going around the casket in which the body was wrapped in the tri-color, the Prime Minister patted M.K. Stalin, Karunanidhi’s son and political heir, and his daughter Kanimozhi, MP, and comforted them with words of solace.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwari Lal Purohit, Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan and state BJP President Tamilisai Soundararajan. Stalin and other DMK leader saw him off.

(With agency inputs)