Millions of people paid homage to the departed leader M.K . Karunanidhi who been buried at Marina sands next to memorial of his mentor DMK Founder Annadurai
His mortal remains was brought to the Rajaji Hall early on Wednesday after it was taken to his homes at Gopalapuram here and at CIT Colony for relatives and leaders to pay their last respects.The veteran politician’s body is covered with the national flag.
The AIADMK government late on Tuesday rejected the request of DMK working president M.K.Stalin and asked the DMK to bury Karunanidhi on Sardar Patel Road which is home to memorials dedicated to Rajaji (C. Rajagopalachari) and K. Kamaraj.
This made the DMK party to knock the door of Justice on the day of his death announcement that is immediately with in 3 hours ., a fierce legal battle reigns in the residence-court of Madras High Court Acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G. Ramesh and Justice S.S. Sundar, on where Karunanidhi, 94, burial has to be done has begun.
In the Meanwhile Tuesday Union Home Ministry in a statement said the Trocolour will fly half-mast on Wednesday as a mark of respect to the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.”It has also been decided to accord state funeral to the departed soul. The funeral will take place in Chennai on Wednesday and the government of India will observe one-day state mourning throughout the country.
“There will be no official entertainment on the day,” the Home Ministry statement said.
Leaders of the DMK party have assembled at the Rajaji Hall. A large number of people have gathered outside to pay their last respects to the iconic leader. Outside the hall, DMK party cadres are shouting “Marina Vendum, Marina Vendum “(want Marina) referring to the party’s request for burial site at Marina Beach here, which was turned down by the state government on Tuesday.
Earlier from tuesday late night and untill wednesday afternoon on the day of cremation Lakhs of emotionally charged people from all over Tamil Nadu on Wednesday paid homage to DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi even as his party battled legally with the state government for a burial place at the Marina Beach here.
ADMK government vehemently opposed allocation of burial for the 5 times Cheif Minister in total for 19 years ruled as Cheif Minister of Tamilnadu the highest tenure that remains in History of Tamilnadu Politics .This made the already grief stricken DMK cadres restored in agitation all over Tamilnadu
ADMK government held a acrimonious legal battle that was critiqued by all walks of life personalities inclusive of media personalities that included revered senior Journalist Hindu N.Ram reserved extreme criticism of State government move that performed during the hour of grief .
However thanks to the efforts of DMK legal wind heeded by DMK party Organising Secretary the efforts of ADMK government bit dust and millions of cadres cheered on the announcement of High Court order in favour of DMK party request . This Judgement news when delivered just 4 hours before the death procession made DMK Working President , broken down in the open public galore that bought tears for many ..
Post Court anouncemnt M.KStalin alleged police security been withdrawn that leads to pandemonium at the place where they came to pay homage in Rajaji hall . After while more police force been send and normalcy restored .
M.K. Stalin along with cadres walked 2.5 Kms all the way and Police sources confirmed more than 8 Lakhs persons on that day paid homage to their departed leader that termed as second to Arignar Annadurai who attained Guinness record for the highest paid homage during death procession.
Leaders cutting across all party Inclusive Prime Minister Modi , Defense Minister Niramala , Congress President Rahul Gandhi , Gulam Nabi Azad ., TMC President and West began CM Mamatha ., Andrapradesh CM ., Kerala CM Karnataka CM and Former Minstere Devagowda , Marati Strong leader Sharat Pawar and many paid their homage .