The mortal remains of DMK President and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi were laid to rest adjacent to Anna Memorial at Marina Beach in Chennai with full state honours this evening as a sea of humanity bid him a tearful farewell.
He was buried near his mentor, DMK founder C.N Annadurai, with full military honours with soldiers giving him a gun salute and buglars sounding the last post.
Karunanidhi’s son M K Stalin received the national flag wrapped around his father’s body and other family members showered flower petals at his feet.
A number of leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and several state Chief Ministers paid their last respects to the departed leader.
Later in a tweet, PM Modi said that the extraordinary leader and a veteran administrator’s life was devoted to the public welfare and social justice. He said, Kalaignar Karunanidhi will live on in the hearts and minds of the millions of people whose lives were transformed by him.
The funeral procession, carrying the mortal remains of Mr Karunanidhi towards his final resting place, began from Rajaji Hall at 4 pm and was thronged by a sea of lakhs of supporters who waited eagerly for hours to get a look of their veteran leader for one last time.
(Featured Image – Hindustan Times)