Central govt has decided to accord state funeral, says MHA
Karunanidhi, a titan of contemporary Indian history, whose 75-year career — as five-term CM of Tamil Nadu and DMK president for 50 years — deepened the idea of federalism and inspired regional assertion and self-respect in politics, passed away Tuesday evening. He was 94. In Chennai, the Tamil Nadu government announced a seven-day mourning and declared a day’s holiday Wednesday for the final rites. The central government announced a day’s national mourning, cancelled meetings of key cabinet committees slated for 1 pm and said that Karunanidhi will be accorded a state funeral.
A press release by Executive Director of Kauvery Hospital, said, “We profoundly mourn the loss of one of the tallest leaders of India and we share the grief of family members and fellow Tamilians worldwide.”
New Delhi: DMK patriarch and former Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi passed away Tuesday at the age of 94 after battling prolonged illness at the Kauvery hospital in Chennai. The 94-year-old leader was earlier shifted to the hospital on the intervening night of July 27-28 following a dip in his blood pressure. He had been in the ICU ever since.
“We profoundly mourn the loss of one of the tallest leaders of India and we share the grief of family members and
fellow Tamilians worldwide,” a press release by Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive Director of Kauvery Hospital, said.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people have gathered outside the hospital in downtown Alwarpet, some of whom have kept vigil since Monday evening after the word spread about a marked decline in the 94-year-old leader’s condition. A man was seen beating himself on the chest and face in utter desperation. A woman in the crowd fainted as others rushed to her help, sprinkling water on her face.