March 26, 2019 | 11:55 AM IST

Karunanidhi passes away, Hearing on burial site under way

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi passes away at 94 on Tuesday. His mortal body is kept at Rajaji Hall for the public to pay last rites. Madras High Court had a rare midnight hearing on the DMK’s petition seeking permission for the DMK Chief’s burial along Marina Beach alongside other political icons.
The Madras High Court sat around midnight at the home of acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh to hear Karunanidhi's party DMK's petition for a burial site at the spot, after the ruling AIADMK, its lifelong rival, refused its request. After the government sought time to explain why, the court gave it seven hours. The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government had circumvented the rule against construction of memorials along the beach by burying J Jayalalithaa in an existing memorial for her mentor MG Ramachandran.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan and several others from across the country flied to Chennai on Wednesday to pay last rites to DMK Chief Karunanidhi. A public holiday is declared in the state in light of DMK Leader Karunanidhi’s sad demise on Tuesday evening. All schools and colleges will also remain shut. Karunanidhi served 50 years of his life in politics. He was 44 when he first became the Chief Minister of the state and ruled the state through his 5 times CM term. His love for the state and nation can be seen as people gathered in thousands just to have a last glimpse of the DMK leader.

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