DMK patriarch and Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M Karunanidhi passed away on Tuesday after fighting prolonged illness in Chennai.
The Tamil Nadu government has announced a seven-day mourning following his death. The government has also announced that all the government-related functions shall stand cancelled and the national flag would fly half-mast during this period.
M Karunanidhi completed 49 years as the chief of the party in July and he was the first leader to enter the 50th year as the president of a political party.
Karunanidhi came into power for the first time in 1969 and held the position in the state five times, with the last tenure being in the year 2006.
While the country mourns the death of an era, cricket fraternity came forward to pay homage to the 94-year old veteran leader.
I convey my deepest condolences to family members and admirers of #Karunanidhi ji on his demise. RIP
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 7, 2018
Saddened to hear the passing of Respected M. Karunanidhi. One of the greats of Tamil politics. I had the pleasure of meeting him a few times in my career. When I first became World Champion , he felicitated me & presented me with a chess set that I cherish. #Kalaignar (1/2)
— Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) August 7, 2018
சூரியன் முழுமையாக அஸ்தமித்தது. தமிழ் தன்னுடைய முடிவுரையை எழுதியது. ஒப்பாரும் மிக்காரும் இல்லா @kalaignar89 தலைவா உங்களுடைய இழப்பு காலத்தால் ஈடு செய்ய முடியாதது இனி எப்படி கேட்பேன் அந்த காந்த குரலை #Kalaignar ஐயா.முத்தமிழின் மூத்த மகனுக்கு என் வீர வணக்கங்கள் #RIPKalaignar #கலைஞர்
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 7, 2018
Saddened by the demise of DMK Chief, Thiru M #Karunanidhi, a great administrator & a humble leader who dedicated his life to TamilNadu.
May God grant peace to his soul and strength to his family in this hour of grief. ॐ शांति शांति 🙏🏻
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 7, 2018
Condolences to the family and supporters of #Karunanidhi ji. May everyone maintain peace in Tamil Nadu.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 7, 2018
Deeply saddened by the demise of Kalaignar Karunanidhi. My condolences to the family! #Karunanidhi
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) August 7, 2018
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