RIP Karunanidhi: Modi, CM, Deputy CM at Rajaji Hall

AIADMK leaders at Rajaji Hall.

Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid homage to the mortal remains of DMK president and former Tamilnadu chief minister M Karunanidhi here at Rajaji Hall.

Modi, accompanied by Governor Banwarilal Purohit and senior BJP leaders including the party’s State chief Tamilisai Soundararajan, Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Pon Radhakrishnan and Rajya Sabha Member L Ganesan, placed a wreath on the body of Karunanidhi and paid his last respects.

Rajinikanth paying his last respects.

Modi later met DMK working president and Karunanidhi’s son M K Stalin, his sister and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi and other family members and consoled them in this hour of grief.

Earlier, soon after hearing about Karunanidhi’s demise, Modi said he was deeply saddened by the passing away of the DMK chief.

Describing him as one of the senior most leaders in India, Modi tweeted, “We have 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.”

Kamal Haasan at Rajaji Hall.

Ever since Karunanidhi’s mortal remains were brought to Rajaji Hall from his CIT Nagar residence, there was a steady stream of high-profile visitors including Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, TNCC president S Thirunavukkarasar, MDMK supremo Vaiko, actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan and leaders of various political parties.

Balasubramani Muniyandi