DMK chief M Karunanidhi, a colossus in Tamil Nadu politics, poet, columnist and script writer, who left an indelible imprint on the state’s public life for over five decades, died on Tuesday, setting the stage for a late night courtroom drama over where he shall be buried.
The 94-year-old leader breathed his last at the Kauvery Hospital in downtown Chennai at 6.10 p.m after waging a grim battle for life for 11 days, the hospital said.
Co-convener of Swadeshi Jagran Manch and RSS ideologue in Tamil Nadu, Swaminathan Gurumurthy, told media that DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi should not be buried at Marina Beach.
“All the former chief ministers, including Rajaji and Kamraj, have been given burial on the other side near the IIT. It is only sitting Chief Ministers who are buried on the Marina Beach. So technically, former Chief Minister should be on the other side where other former CMs are buried,” said Gurumurthy.
Earlier, the Bihar Government announced two-day state mourning in view of Karunanidhi’s demise. The Karnataka Government also announced a day-long state mourning.