Karunanidhi to Be Laid to Rest at Marina; PM Modi Pays Respects
The Madras High Court has allowed DMK to bury former Chief Minister and DMK Chief M Karunanidhi's mortal remains at Marina Beach near Anna Samadhi. The Tamil Nadu government had earlier denied land at the beach for the former chief minister’s burial.
Both the Houses of the Parliament have been adjourned for the day as a mark of respect to M Karunanidhi.
The leader’s mortal remains were taken from CIT Colony to Rajaji Hall in the wee hours of 8 August, even as thousands lined up for a glimpse of their Kalaignar.
- Tamil Nadu will observe a one-day holiday and a week-long mourning
- PM Modi arrives at Rajaji Hall to pay last respects to Karunanidhi
- Rahul Gandhi, as well as other prominent leaders will pay their respects to Karunanidhi in Chennai on Wednesday
- The former chief minister of Tamil Nadu passed away at Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital at 6:10 pm on Tuesday, 7 August
Karunanidhi's Mortal Remain Being Taken to Marina
Karunanidhi’s mortal remains being taken to Marina Beach for burial.
DMK Workers Throng Rajaji Hall
DMK workers gather outside Rajaji Hall to get a glimpse of DMK Chief M Karunanidhi.
PM Modi pays Last Respects to M Karunanidhi
Parliament Adjourned for the Day
The Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha adjourned for the day as a mark of respect to former CM M Karunanidhi, reported ANI.
MK Stalin Breaks Down After High Court Order
MK Stalin breaks down after Madras High Court's verdict to allow the burial of former CM M Karunanidhi at Chennai's Marina beach.
Madras HC Allows Karunanidhi's Remains to be Buried at Marina Beach
Madras High Court allows Karunanidhi’s body to be buried at Marina. Directing the government to allot the land for burial, the high court said that there is no legal impediment to bury body of Karunanidhi at Marina.
PM Modi Arrives in Chennai
PM Narendra Modi arrives in Chennai to pay last respects to DMK chief M Karunanidhi.
Arguments Conclude, Acting CJ Begins Dictating Orders
Acting CJ begins dictating orders on DMK RS Bharathi’s plea for place for Karunanidhi at Marina.
People Break Barricades at Karunanidhi's Wake
The police has managed to get the crowds back in line.
Rapid Action Force Outside Marina Beach
The government has deployed Rapid Action Force outside Anna Memorial at Marina beach in Chennai, even as the Madras HC is hearing a plea against the TN government’s decision to deny burial ground to Karunanidhi at the beach.
Kamal Haasan Pays Respects to Kalaignar
Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan pays last respects to DMK patriarch and former CM M Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hall.
Govt Order Containing Reasons for Denial Not Challenged by DMK: TN Government's Counsel
CS Vaidyanathan contends that the government has passed a detailed order containing all reasons for denying place at Marina for Karunanidhi which has not been challenged by DMK.
Crowds Swell Outside Kalaignar's Wake
Crowd outside Karunanidhi’s wake continues to swell as the people await High Court’s order on Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina.
Classification Between CM and Former CM Should Have Been Mentioned in the Press Release: Justice Sundar
As TN government’s counsel CS Vaidyanathan argues that the classification between former CMs & sitting CMs is a valid classification, Justice SS Sundar says that the classification should have been mentioned in the press release issued on Tuesday, 7 August.
BJP Leader H Raja Arrives at Rajaji Hall
BJP leader H Raja pays last respects to Karunanidhi.
VCK Chief Thol Thirumavalavan Demands Bharat Ratna for Karunanidhi
Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) Chief Thol Thirumavalavan paid last respects to DMK patriarch Karunanidhi at Rajaji Hall.
Speaking to the media, he said, “We demand that Bharat Ratna be conferred upon him. We also demand that his memorial be made near Anna Samadhi.”
Political Agenda by DMK: TN Govt Argues
Senior Counsel CS Vaidyanathan arguing on behalf of Tamil Nadu government said that DMK is pursuing political agenda by filing this case.
Gandhi Mandapam Not a Decent Burial Ground for Karunanidhi: DMK's Counsel Argues
Senior Counsel P Wilson of DMK argues that burying M Karunanidhi next to Gandhi Mandapam cannot be called a decent burial. He further says under Section 319 of the Chennai Corportaion Act, the civic body has already given approval for burying bodies and constructing mausoleums in Marina.
Countering the TN government’s argument, Wilson says there is no prohibition as per the central government's protocol to allot ground at Marina for former CMs.
Prime Minister Modi to Arrive at Rajaji Hall at 11 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to arrive at Rajaji Hall at 11 am to pay his last respects to Karunanidhi. Congress President Rahul Gandhi is expected to reach Chennai at 12:45 pm.
Karunanidhi, MGR and Anna Should Be Put to Rest at Same Place: Kamal Haasan
Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan took to Twitter and said, “When Anna was alive, MGR and Karunanidhi held the fort together with him. It only behooves the state for all 3 to be put to rest in the same place.”
Deepa Jayakumar Pays Last Respects to Karunanidhi
Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar pays respects to DMK patriarch Karunanidhi.
Madras High Court Dictating Orders
Madras HC begins dictating orders in DMK’s petition seeking place for Karunanidhi at Marina. Decides to dictate facts before hearing the counsels and pronouncing their decision.
Former CMs Given Burial at Gandhi Mandapam, TN Government Argues
Counsel for Tamil Nadu Govt argues:
There are 3 memorials at Marina Beach - Anna, MGR and Jaya. It’s relevant to know that these leaders passed away when in office. For former CMs, if a request is made, they are always provided at Gandhi Mandapam - Rajaji, Kamaraj and Bhaktavatsalam.
Tamil Nadu government also argues in its counter-affidavit that M Karunanidhi himself didn’t allot Marina for Janaki Ramachandran after understanding the protocol manual when he was the Chief Minister.
Adding that sitting CMs & former CMs cannot be treated as equals when it comes to protocol.
Meanwhile, Madras High Court dismisses all petitions filed by Doraisamy, Traffic Ramaswamy and PMK’s K Balu challenging construction of memorials at Marina.
Hearing in Matter Pertaining to Karunanidhi Burial at Marina Underway
Case against denial of burial land by Tamil Nadu Govt at Marina beach for M Karunanidhi is currently underway at Madras High Court. Tamil Nadu Govt has filed its counter affidavit in the case.
Walls, Billboards, Banners in Chennai, All Scream Karunanidhi
TN Governor Pays Last Respect, 'Long Live Kalaignar' Slogans Raised
Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit pays last respects to former Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi at Chennai’s Rajaji Hall.
As huge crowd gathers outside Rajaji Hall, ‘Long Live Kalaignar’, ‘Need Marina’ slogans fill the air.
TN CM E Palaniswami, Deputy CM O Panneerselvam Pay Respects at Rajaji Hall
This is a great loss for Tamil Nadu. My deep condolences to his family members & DMK party workers.E Palaniswami, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam paid their last respects to the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister at Rajaji Hall. TN CM E Palaniswami addressed the gathering at Rajaji Hall, paying tribute to the former chief minister.
Rajinikanth, Dhanush Pay Last Respects to Karunanidhi at Rajaji Hall
Rajinikanth, and son-in-law and actor Dhanush paid their last respects to Karunanidhi at Rajaji Hall.
Karunanidhi's Mortal Remains Wrapped in the Tricolour
As his supporters gathered at Rajaji Hall, the DMK chief’s mortal remains were wrapped in the tricolour.
TTV Dhinakaran at Rajaji Hall, Crowds Grow Larger
RK Nagar MLA and AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran is also at Rajaji Hall. Thousands line up for a glimpse of Karunanidhi.
Massive Crowds at Rajaji Hall
As the DMK supremo’s mortal remains were placed at Rajaji Hall, thousands of supporters flocked to catch a glimpse of their Kalaignar one last time.
Karunanidhi's Mortal Remains Arrive at Rajaji Hall, Sons MK Stalin and Alagiri Reach Hall
The late DMK supremo’s mortal remains arrived at Rajaji Hall a little after 5.30 pm, flanked by heavy police presence and supporters of the DMK.
Sons MK Stalin and Alagiri also reached the hall.
Karunanidhi's Mortal Remains Begin Journey from CIT Colony to Rajaji Hall
Karunanidhi’s mortal remains began their final journey from daughter Kanimozhi’s CIT Colony home to Rajaji hall where they will be kept for the public to pay their respects.
P Chidambaram Pays Respects to Karunanidhi at CIT Colony Home
Senior Congress leader visited Kanimozhi’s CIT Colony residence and paid his last respects to the DMK supremo in the wee hours of 8 August.
Kamal Haasan Mourns Karunanidhi's Demise
“When Anna (former Tamil Nadu CM Annadurai) was there to safeguard & promote general Kazhagam, there were two brothers- Kalaignar (M Karunanidhi) & MGR, and to see all three of them at one place would have been good,” actor Kamal Haasan said in a statement to ANI.
Police Lathi Charge Crowd at CIT Colony
Police resorted to lathi-charges to control the crowd gathered outside Kanimozhi's residence in CIT Colony where mortal remains of former Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi are kept.
Karunanidhi's Mortal Remains Arrive at Kanimozhi's CIT Colony Home
The late DMK chief’s mortal remains arrived at daughter Kanimozhi’s residence in CIT Colony after supporters broke through the gates of his Gopalapuram residence in a bid to see him one last time.
DMK Spokesperson Saravanan Slams TN Government
DMK Spokesperson A Saravanan hit out at the TN Government for “putting up legal hurdles” and said that the government was playing vendetta politics instead of taking responsibility for the law and order situation in the state.
Madras HC Adjourns Hearing on Karunanidhi's Burial to 8 am on 8 August
The Madras High Court adjourned hearing a plea challenging Tamil Nadu government’s denial of land at Marina beach for the former chief minister’s burial to 8 am on 8 August. The Tamil Nadu government had sought time to file its reply in the matter.
DMK Supporters Break Gate and Forcibly Enter Karunanidhi's Gopalapuram Residence: CNN News18
DMK cadre and supporters entered Karunanidhi’s Gopalapuram residence compound after forcibly opening the gate, CNN News18 reported.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Mourns Karunanidhi's Demise
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik expressed deep grief over the sad demise of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M. Karunanidhi, ANI reported.
The CM has prayed peace and tranquillity for the departed soul and expressed deep sympathies with the family members.
VCK Demands Bharat Ratna for Karunanidhi
VCK chief Thol Thirumavalavan demands Bharat Ratna for former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, ANI reported.
MK Stalin Pens Tribute for Father Karunanidhi
As Karunanidhi’s mortal remains arrived at his Gopalapuram residence MK Stalin penned a tribute to his father, sharing the same on Twitter.
DMK Accuses BJP, RSS of Denying Land at Marina Beach for Karunanidhi's Burial
DMK Spokesperson Saravanan accuses the BJP and RSS of denying land for Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina beach.
Advocate Who Had Challenged Burials at Marina Withdraws Petitions
Advocate Duraiswamy, who had challenged burials at Marina Beach has withdrawn all petitions, ANI reported.
“I withdraw all cases in this regard because Kalaignar Karunanidhi is important for us. So now, there are no legal hurdles for government,” said Duraiswamy.
“The place where Anna Samadhi is there does not fall under the coastal regulatory zone. Yet, this is being used by the TN government to deny Kalaignar his final resting place. That is why I am withdrawing all four petitions,” he said, as quoted by TNM.
Bihar Govt Announces Two-Day State of Mourning
The Bihar Government has announced a two day state mourning in the wake of M Karunanidhi's death
Rajinikanth Arrives at Gopalapuram
Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth on Tuesday, 7 August arrived at Gopalapuram to pay last respects to DMK supremo M Karunanidhi.
Two Member-Bench Set to Hear the Case
Assistant Advocate General of TN Aravind Pandian will argue the case for TN govt. A two member bench comprising of Justice HG Ramesh and Justice SS Sundaram will hear the case. The state has reportedly engaged Supreme Court Senior Counsel CS Vaidyanathan.
Mamata Banerjee Arrives at Gopalapuram
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee arrives at Gopalapuram to pay respects to Karunanidhi.
DMK Counsel Arrives for Hearing on Burial Row
DMK counsel arrives at the acting Chief Justice’s house for hearing on the plea challenging the Tamil Nadu government’s denial for land at Marina Beach for Karunanidhi’s burial.
Karunanidhi's Mortal Remains Reach Gopalapuram
The mortal remains of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi arrived at his Gopalapuram residence. The mortal remains will reportedly be kept there before being taken to Kanimozhi’s residence at CIT colony.
Karunanidhi's body will be brought to Rajaji Hall in the Government Estate at 4 AM tomorrow.
Rahul Gandhi Bats For Karunanidhi’s Burial at Marina Beach
Congress President Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to back the DMK’s demand for a burial at Marina Beach.
LK Advani Expresses Condolences
Veteran leader LK Advani expressed condolences calling Karunanidhi a man of committed ideals.
“Karunanidhi was a man of committed ideals, he excelled in the field of politics and had also made valuable contributions to Tamil literature, having written stories, novels and multiple volumes of memoirs,” he said in a statement.
Petrol Bunks in TN to Remain Shut
Petrol bunks in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to remain shut from 6 am to 6 pm on Wednesday, KP Murari, President of Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association, told TNM.
Karunanidhi To Be Accorded State Funeral
National flag to fly at half mast on Wednesday in Delhi and all state capitals. It has also been decided to accord state funeral tomorrow in Chennai and national mourning has been declared for tomorrow.
DMK Supporters Forcibly Shut Shops
DMK sympathisers on two wheelers forcibly shut down stores and called for a bandh. 5,000 police personnel have been deployed in Chennai.
Madras HC To Hear Plea for Karunanidhi's Burial at 10.30
Madras High Court acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G. Ramesh agrees to hear by 10:30 pm today a case against denial of burial land by Tamil Nadu Govt at Marina beach for Karunanidhi.
Ambulance Carrying Mortal Remains Leaves Kauvery Hospital
Ambulance carrying Karunanidhi's mortal remains leaves from Kauvery Hospital for his Gopalapuram residence.
DMK Moves High Court to Demand Burial at Marina
A delegation of DMK lawyers is at the residence of Madras High Court Acting Chief Justice HG Ramesh, asking for an emergency hearing of a petition demanding burial at Marina Beach.
Karunanidhi's Mortal Remains Being taken Out of Hospital
M Karunanidhi’s mortal remains are being taken out of the Kauvery Hospital, The News Minute reported.
DMK Workers Protest Outside Kauvery Hospital Over Memorial Site
DMK workers protest outside Kauvery hospital after Tamil Nadu government denied land for Karunanidhi memorial at Marina beach.
"We Want Marina", Chants Crowd Outside Gopalapuram
DMP party workers and supporters chanted slogans of “we want Marina” outside Karunanidhi’s Gopalapuram residence, demanding for their leader to be buried at Marina Beach instead of Gandhi Mandapam as offered by the state government.
TN Govt Offers Two Acres Land at Gandhi Mandapam for Karunanidhi's Burial
The Tamil Nadu government gave a 6-point reply to Karunanidhi's family's request to have him buried at Marina beach next to Annadurai. The government has offered two acres land for his burial at the Gandhi Mandapam.
HD Deve Gowda, Sumitra Mahajan Express Condolences
Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan expressed condolences.
“He was a great leader, who worked for the downtrodden. It is a big loss for the whole country,” said Mahajan.
“He had shown the path to regional parties, its a tragic moment for his workers and those who loved him. He was a mature leader and a statesman. Pray to almighty that his soul rests in peace,” said Deve Gowda.
Rahul Gandhi to Travel To Chennai Tomorrow
Congress President Rahul Gandhi along with senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mukul Wasnik will travel to Chennai on Wednesday, ANI reported.
Monumental Loss to India: Rajnath Singh
Union Minister Rajnath Singh said that Karunanidhi’s demise is a monumental loss to India.
MK Stalin Appeals to Supporters to Remain Calm
MK Stalin in a statement has appealed to DMK workers to maintain peace and discipline and thanked doctors and the management of Kauvery Hospital.
DMK Submits Request for 'Samadhi' near Anna Memorial
The DMK has submitted a request to the Tamil Nadu government for Karunanidhi to be buried near the Anna memorial at Chennai’s Marina Beach.
“We had met the 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,” DMK leader Durai Murugan said.
Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswami Expresses Condolences
Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswami said that he was saddened by Karunanidhi’s death.
“It is saddening to know about the demise of M Karunanidhi . The DMK chief was someone who had contributed to the fields of politics,cinema and literature,” he said in a statement.
Party Workers and Supporters Throng Karunanidhi's Residence
Kalaignar Strode the Stage of Tamil Politics, like a Colossus: Rahul Gandhi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi expressed his condolences on Twitter, saying that India had lost a great son.
Modi To Travel to Chennai
PM Narendra Modi will travel to Chennai on Wednesday morning to pay his last respects to Karunanidhi.
Anguished To Learn About Karunanidhi's Death: Amit Shah
Black day in My Life: Rajinikanth Expresses Condolences
Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth, while expressing condolences, said that it was a black day in his life.
“Today is a black day in my life, one which I can never forget as I lost my Kalaignar. I pray for his soul,” said Rajinikanth.
TN Govt Declares One Day Holiday and One Week Mourning
Tamil Nadu government declares one day holiday and one week mourning following Karunanidhi's demise, The News Minute reported.
Mortal Remains To Be Taken to Gopalapuram
Karunanidhi's mortal remains will be taken to his residence in Gopalapuram and also likely to Rajathiammal and Kanimozhi's residence in CIT colony, The News Minute reported.
KSRTC Services Temporarily Stopped
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) services to Tamil Nadu have been stopped temporarily.
PM Modi Expreses Condolences
Karunanidhi Passes Away At Kauvery Hospital
DMK party president and former chief minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi passed away at the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday, 7 August. The party supremo was undergoing treatment for his deteriorating health due to a urinary tract infection.
Chennai Theatres Cancel Evening Shows
Tamil Nadu Cinema Theatre Owners’ Federation head Abiramari Ramanathan announced that evening and night shows in theatres stand cancelled.
Supporter Breaks Down Outside Kauvery Hospital
Mamata Banerjee En Route to Chennai
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will leave for Chennai shortly to meet Karunanidhi, ANI Reported
Karunanidhi's Daughter Selvi Reaches Gopalapuram
Karunanidhi's daughter Selvi reaches Gopalapuram residence.
Supporters Inconsolable Outside Kauvery Hospital
Congress Spokesperson Khushboo Arrive at Kauvery Hospital
Congress National Spokesperson Khushboo arrives at Kauvery Hospital to visit Karunanidhi.
Police Officials Review Security Measures at Rajarathnam Stadium
Higher police officials visited Rajarathnam stadium in Chennai and are examining security measures, sources told The Quint. All TASMAC shops will reportedly remain closed after 6 pm.
Security Beefed Up Outside Karunanidhi's Residence
Police force has been beefed up near Karunanidhi's house at Gopalapuram, sources told The Quint. Reserve police force has been brought in and stationed all around Kauvery Hospital area.
Supporters Flock Hospital After News Of Karunanidhi's Deteriorating Health
Karunanidhi Critical and Unstable: Kauvery Hospital
According to the health bulletin released by Kauvery Hospital at 4.30 pm, Karunanidhi’s condition is “critical and unstable” and his “vital organs continue to deteriorate”.
Police and Security Forces Directed to Report to In-Charge SPs
All DSPs, inspectors and sub-inspectors have been directed to report to their respective city/district COP or SPs on grounds of maintaining a law and order situation, according to reports.
Stalin Meets Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami
MK Stalin met Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palaniswami at his Greenways Road residence in Chennai, sources told The Quint. Kanimozhi and Alagiri have reportedly accompanied him. Security has also been beefed up outside the hospital.
Kanimozhi Meets Supporters Outside Kauvery Hospital
DMK leader and Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi met the various supporters gathered outside Chennai's Kauvery Hospital, where the DMK chief is undergoing treatment, in the wee hours of Tuesday, 7 August.
Heavy Police Deployment Outside Kauvery Hospital, More Supporters Gather
Police deployment outside Kauvery Hospital was intensified as more supporters gathered to pray for the DMK supremo’s health.
Former Union Minister TR Baalu Arrives at Kauvery hospital
Former Union Minister TR Baalu arrived at Kauvery hospital in the early hours of Tuesday, 7 August, The Hindu reported. He was the latest in a series of leaders to pay a visit to the DMK chief in the hospital.
DMK Leaders TKS Elangovan, Tiruchi Siva Return to Kauvery Hospital
DMK Leaders TKS Elangovan and Tiruchi Siva returned to Kauvery Hospital from New Delhi, as per Thanthi TV.
Crowd Grows Outside Kauvery Hospital
More supporters flocked to Kauvery Hospital in the intervening nights of 6 and 7 August, waiting to catch a glimpse of Karunanidhi.
Supporters Flock to Kauvery Hospital, Say, "Wake Up Kalaignar"
Supporters of the DMK supremo flock to Kauvery Hospital following the medical bulletin about Karunanidhi’s health condition.
Supporters Shout Slogans Outside Kauvery Hospital
Nitin Gadkari Arrives at Kauvery Hospital
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari arrives at Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital to visit Karunanidhi
Medical Condition Declined, Prognosis To Be Determined Over Next 24 Hours: Kauvery Hospital
In the latest medical bulletin, Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital announced that DMK President Karunanidhi’s medical condition has declined.