Karunanidhi death anniversary: MK Stalin, other leaders pay tribute

One of the most prominent leaders and a Dravidian stalwart, Karunanidhi passed away on 7 August, 2018.

ByUmar Sharieef

Published Aug 07, 2022 | 7:48 PMUpdatedAug 07, 2022 | 7:49 PM

MK Stalin and other DMK leaders paying homage to former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Sunday, 7 August, paid floral tributes to former chief minister and DMK leader M Karunanidhi on his death anniversary at his statue at the Omandurar government estate.

Senior ministers, MPs and MLAs also paid homage to Karunanidhi.

Stalin led a peace march, marking Karunanidhi’s fourth anniversary, from the estate to his memorial on the Marina beach in Chennai.

He also took to Twitter to hail Karunanidhi as the “oldest individual leader of the Tamil community”.

Stalin also said he was governing the state from the late leader’s shadows.

Tuticorin MP and Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi also paid her tributes on Twitter.

She called him the “beacon of the Tamil community” and “the selfless leader of the Dravidian movement”.

DMK members paid tribute to Karunanidhi across the state by garlanding his portraits and statues.

Karunanidhi, one of the most prominent leaders and a Dravidian stalwart, passed away on 7 August, 2018.

He had not lost a single poll in his 60 years as a politician, winning 13 elections.

He contested his first election from the Kulithalai constituency in 1954, and won every election until 2016. He did not contest the 1984 election, when he won from Tiruvarur.

Stalin in April announced that from this year, the birthday of Karunanidhi — on 3 June — would be celebrated as a government function in the state.

Karunanidhi, popularly addressed as Kalaignar, was Tamil Nadu’s longest-serving chief minister, having held the post five times.