DMK Chief Karunanidhi Passes Away: LIVE UPDATES Here

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Latest bulletin suggests that there has been a significant decline in the clinical condition of Karunanidhi.

Written By Anirudh Sunilkumar | Mumbai | Updated On:

Update at 11:05 AM: Marina Beach To Be Karunanidhi's Final Resting Place After Madras HC Rules In DMK's Favour. LIVE Updates Here As Dignitaries Pay Last Respects

Update at 10:46 AM: Madras High Court allows Karunanidhi's mortal remains to be buried at Marina Beach near the Anna Memorial, ordering in favour of the DMK

Update at 10:40 AM: Both houses of Parliament to be adjourned following obituary for Karunanidhi

Update at 10:31 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Chennai and is received by EPS and OPS

Update at 10:28 AM: Order to be dictated

Update at 10:12 AM: In a lighter moment in a serious and often heated hearing, government counsel Vaidyanathan says that a writ petition can't be disposed of urgently like this, to which Justice SS Sundar asks sarcastically, "Shall we adjourn it by a week?"

Update at 10:09 AM: Kamal Haasan pays respects to Karunanidhi at Rajaji Hall. Haasan says, 'He was a great man. I'm a baby in films. He's the Thalaivar. Along with the other actors, I also thank him. I can't raise my voice more, this is the mood now (to mediapersons' suggestions that he speak louder)'

"On a personal note, I am saddened because I have lost an elder family member." 

"I don't want to talk about 'Marina for Kalaignar' at this moment. I have released a statement on this already."

Update at 10:03 AM: Tamil Nadu government lawyer contends that a press release is not a government order, it cannot be challenged

It is not a sentiment which should compel a court to issue a writ of mandamus, senior counsel CS Vaidyanathan, representing the TN government, contends.

Update at 9:58 AM: Former CM is not included in Central government protocol so nobody is going to question you if you allow Karunanidhi's mortal remains to be buried at the Marina, observes Judge over TN government's arguments 

Update at 9:52 AM: Tamil Nadu government answers Justice Sundar about classification between sitting and former CMs: Chief Minister had asked for precedents and he took a decision on that basis.

Tamil Nadu government sticks to its stand that protocol with regard to funeral rites of high dignitaries has always treated incumbent office-holders and former holders differently

Update at 9:43 AM: You should have mentioned about classification between sitting and former Chief Ministers in press release issued yesterday, observes Judge

Update at 9:39 AM: State counsel raises Periyar not being laid to rest at Marina Beach and defends classification between former CMs and sitting SMs

Update at 9:26 AM: State counsel contends that DMK is pursuing political agenda by filing this case. Counsel argues that there is 'stage-managed' withdrawal of earlier cases. To this, advocate Doraisamy, who had withdrawn petitions relating to burials at Marina, objects to the use of 'stage-managed'. 

DMK lawyers agitated over arguments made by TN government's counsel. Justice SS Sundar asks them to maintain silence

Update at 9:23 AM: Out of 7 crore population of Tamil Nadu, one crore are DMK followers and they will be offended if area at Marina beach is not allotted to Karunanidhi

Update at 9:17 AM: Acting Chief Justice wants to see permission granted for interring Jayalalithaa's mortal remains at Marina beach

Update at 9:16 AM: All petitions are withdrawn now, so there is no hindrance technically, says DMK counsel

Update at 9:13 AM: Arguments ongoing over Section 319 of Chennai Corporation Act regarding burying mortal remains and constructing mausoleums at Marina beach in progress. The law had been altered after the demise of Jayalalithaa for the construction of her memorial, the DMK counsel says

Update at 9:11 AM: Visuals from Rajaji Hall - Karunanidhi's mortal remains are currently placed before the main entrance to the hall and are wrapped in the Tricolour.

Update at 9:08 AM: Full list of dignitaries who will be arriving in Chennai to pay last respects to Karunanidhi:

Update at 9:05 AM: DMK counsel adds, 'If you don't allow Karunanidhi's body to be buried at Marina, sentiments of people will be hurt. It amounts to discrimination. Flimsy and not legally tenable arguments have been given by the Tamil Nadu government'

Update at 9:01 AM: DMK counsel argues: Anna used to say 'my life and soul is Karunanidhi'. Ideologies of ADMK and DMK are more or less the same and hence MGR was allotted space at Marina.

Update at 8:57 AM: DMK lawyer, senior counsel P Wilson, commences his arguments after Government's arguments conclude. Wilson says that the substance and not the form of the government's decision, through a press release, should be tested by the court

Update at 8:55 AM: Sitting CMs & former CMs cannot be treated as equals when it comes to protocol, TN Govt tells Madras HC

Update at 8:54 AM: Malkkal Needhi Maiyyam chief Kamal Haasan supports Karunanidhi being laid to rest at Marina Beach

Update at 8:52 AM: Government cites Karunanidhi to DMK, points at 1996 election

Update at 8:45 AM: 'DMK cannot challenge us, cannot challenge press release': State Government

Update at 8:45 AM: Acting Chief Justice records DMK submission

Update at 8:40 AM: HC records state documents

Update at 8:40 AM: Order being dictated in the court

Update at 8:34 AM: In its affidavit, TN government argues that leaders whose memorials are located at Marina Beach had passed away as sitting Chief Ministers, namely Jayalalithaa, MGR and Annadurai. Others, such as Kamaraj and Rajaji have been allotted at Gandhi Mandapam

Update at 8:28 AM: Madras HC dismisses petitions filed by Traffic Ramaswamy, PMK’s K. Balu & DK’s Doraisamy, who filed the petition last year challenging construction of memorials in Marina

Update at 8:20 AM: All five petitions regarding burials at Marina Beach withdrawn

Update at 8:20 AM: Traffic Ramaswamy, who had filed a petition regarding burials at Marina beach and was yesterday unwilling to withdraw it, has decided to withdraw

Update at 8:10 AM: Acting Chief Justice hears petitioners first

Update at 8:10 AM: Hearing begins in Madaras High Court

Update at 8:00 AM: Tamil Nadu government files Counter affidavit, firm on Gandhi Mandapam  

Update at 6:00 AM: Mortal remains of M. Karunanidhi taken to Rajaji Hall

Update at 4:15 AM: Music maestro A.R. Rahman pays tribute to M. Karunanidhi

Update at 1:15 AM: Karunanidhi's mortal remains being taken to daughter Kanimozhi's residence in CIT colony

Update at 1:10 AM: Case regarding the final resting place of Karunanidhi adjourned till 8 am on Wednesday after TN govt seeks time to file a reply to DMK's petition for space at Marina Beach

As per sources, after hearing all the arguments of DMK, the govt counsels didn't argue, instead, they sought time to file counter affidavit

Update at 12:47 AM: Madras HC Registrar Thiru. M. Jothiraman reached CJ residence.

Update at 12:43 AM: Court officials and Court papers reach Chief Justice's residence 

Update at 12:41 AM: Karunanidhi's body is likely to be moved to his CIT colony residence shortly

Update at 12:35 AM: DMK to also tell Court that it is due to the political rivalry that the State Government has denied Karunanidhi's burial at Marina Beach.

Update at 12:22 AM: MK Stalin writes a moving poem for his father Karunanidhi. In the poem, he writes "for one last time I call you father. I have spent my life only calling you leader"

First verse: "You always used to tell us wherever you go, my leader. Why did you not inform us about this journey, Sir?"

Second verse: "Our leader, you're in our soul, our hearts, and our bodies. Why did you leave us yearning and where did you go?"

Update at 12:19 AM: Exclusive details of DMK's arguments:

1. Place where we want Karunanidhi is a monument area

2. It doesn't come under Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ)

Update at 12:17 AM: Traffic Ramaswamy, one of the petitioners regarding burials at Marina Beach spoke to Republic TV, stating that he would not withdraw his petition

Update at 12:11 AM: Two PILs still pending and the DMK legal wing is in talks with these petitioners to withdraw

Update at 12:10 AM: K Balu, a PMK advocate who had filed a petition regarding the burial of leaders at Marina Beach, is withdrawing the petition. 

'Proceedings haven't yet begun. Formalities are ongoing', said K Balu speaking exclusively to Republic TV

Update at 12:00 AM: DMK trying to get other petitioners to withdraw the case as well

Update at 11:58 PM: Four out of the five petitions against the burial of M. Karunanidhi at the Marina Beach have been withdrawn.

Update at 11:57 PM: "The area doesn't fall under the Coastal Zone area, it falls under the Adyar Koovam area. My petition was related to Jaya's burial and not Karunanidhi's. That is where Karunanidhi's memorial should be built." said Duraiswamy. 

Update at 11:54 PM: Petitioner Duraiswamy withdraws a petition he had filed against the burial of any leader at Marina Beach.

Update at 11:47 PM: Exclusive details of the hearing: DMK to rely on counter-affidavit filed by the Tamil Nadu Government in January 2018 which had justified the burial of former CM Jayalalithaa at Marina Beach. The party will also present a moral argument bringing to the fore his achievements as CM and a politician.

Update at 11:38 PM: Hearing started inside CJI residence, Judges have arrived

Update at 11:30 PM: Actor turned politician Rajinikanth reaches M. Karunanidhi's residence at Gopalapuram

Update at 11:27 PM: West Bengal Chief Minister reaches M. Karunanidhi's residence at Gopalapuram

Update at 11:04 PM: Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee said that she will personally appeal to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for M. Karunanidhi's burial to be allowed at Anna Memorial.

Update at 10:56 PM: Additional Advocate General PH Arvind Pandian  and  SR Rajagopal will defend the State Government

Update at 10:39 PM: Lawyers for DMK reach the residence of Madras High Court acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G. Ramesh for the hearing.

Update at 10:34 PM: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) party President Omar Abdullah tweets supporting the burial of M. Karunanidhi at the Anna Memorial.

Update at 10:33 PM: Tamil Nadu Advocate General meeting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami

Update at 10:25 PM: CPI leader Sitaram Yechury tweets in support of the burial of M. Karunanidhi at the Anna Memorial.

Update at 10:22 PM: At 10:30 pm, Madras HC Acting CJ will sit along with Justice SS Sundar to hear DMK’s case seeking a place at Marina for M. Karunanidhi's burial.

Update at 10:16 PM: Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweets in support of the burial of M. Karunanidhi at the Anna Memorial.

Update at 10:15 PM: Ambulance with mortal remains of M. Karunanidhi reached his residence at Gopalapuram.

Update at 10:03 PM: Actor turned politician Rajinikanth tweets supporting the burial of M Karunanidhi at the Anna Memorial

Update at 9:54 PM: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge issues a statement extending his prayers for the DMK supremo.

Update at 9:53 PM: Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh issues a statement extending his wishes towards the DMK leader

Update at 9:42 PM: The Government of India has decided to accord a state funeral for Karunanidhi in Chennai on Wednesday. A national day of mourning would be observed and National flag will fly at half-mast in Delhi, all state Capitals as well as throughout the state of Tamil Nadu 

 Update at 9:07 PM: Sources state that the Madras High Court has agreed to hear a case against the denial of burial of mortal remains of M Karunanidhi at Anna Memorial by 10:30 pm on Tuesday.

Update at 9:07 PM: MK Stalin again appeals to TN Government to provide space at Anna Memorial, says he is a tall leader of South India & he is in public life for 70 years & has been CM for 25 years 

Update at 9:05 PM: Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi extends his condolences


Update at 8:55 PM: Kalaignar's mortal remains being taken to his Gopalapuram residence. 


Update at 8: 55 PM: Union Minister Arun Jaitley extended his condolences

Update at 8: 53 PM: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad says that TN government should not play politics on such occasions. 


Update at 8: 53 PM: DMK to move High Court seeking Marina as the burial place for Karunanidhi.

Update at 8:46 PM: Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra expressed grief over the demise of M. Karunanidhi. In a condolence message Vohra prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family in their hour of grief

Update at 8:43 PM: In spite of MK Stalin's statement to maintain peace, cadres can be seen throwing barricades outside the hospital.


Update at 8:34 PM: Tributes at 1 am to be held at daughter Kanimozhi's residence.  Last tribute to be held at Rajaji hall at 4 am on Wednesday

Update at 8:33 PM: Former Prime Minister of India H D Deve Gowda issues a statement and extends his condolences 

Update at 8:29 PM: State Government allots two acres of land at Gandhi Mandapam for the burial of M Karunanidhi

Update at 8:22 PM: Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal extended his condolences. 

In a statement, Chief Minister Sonowal said that late Karunanidhi’s contribution to the socio-economic development of Tamilnadu as Chief Minister of the state for five times would always be remembered. Moreover, as an actor of Tamil films and litterateur, he enriched the cultural and literary fields of the country. His death is an irreparable loss to the socio-political life of the nation. 

Update at 8:21 PM: Minister of Law and Justice of India, Ravishankar Prasad  extended his condolences 

Update at 8:20 PM: Former Union Minister and Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar extended her condolences.


Update at 8:17 PM: Chess Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand paid homage to the leader on Twitter


Update at 8:16 PM: Rashtriya Janata Dal President Lalu Prasad Yadav

Update at 8:15 PM: Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis extended his condolences

Update at 8:12 PM: Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan has condoled the passing away of Dr. M. Karunanidhi.

“I am pained to learn about the sad demise of Dr. M. Karunanidhi.  All through his long political career, he showcased admirable leadership qualities and ably served the cause of the people.  Kalaignar, as he was popularly known, was a mass leader, who always fought for the mainstreaming of the down-trodden and the poor.   He will be remembered as an able administrator and a visionary political leader.  His sad demise, indeed, is an irreparable loss to the country and to the state of Tamil Nadu and marks the end of an era. I convey my heartfelt condolences to the members of his bereaved family and the people of Tamil Nadu”.

Update at 8:00 PM: Governor of Tamil Nadu issues a statement extending his condolences 

Here's what the statement read: 

“I am deeply shocked and grieved to know about the death of Dr. M. Karunanidhi, President of DMK and Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
Dr. M. Karunanidhi who was fondly called Kalaignar was a versatile leader who held the masses mesmerized by his oratory. He was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for more than 18 years, during which period he authored and implemented a number of welfare schemes for the poor and underprivileged. The Maternity Assistance schemes the Marriage Assistance scheme the creation of the Slum Clearance Board, the provision of free electricity for the benefit of Farmers, the formation of many labour welfare boards, the nationalization of bus transport services were some of the most notable of them.
His contribution to the development of the Tamil Language both as a writer and administrator will always remain unforgettable.  His dialogues aimed at the promotion of social justice enlivened many a film and attracted the audience in large number to his brand of idealogy.  He was the author of several books including the famous commentary on the Thirukkural, the Kuraloviyam.
    He remained undefeated in all the elections he contested from 1957 to 2016 and was respected for his political acumen, and ability to strategise by political leaders from all parts of India. With a political span covering nearly seven decades he was familiar with all the Prime Ministers, Presidents and the Chief Ministers of various States and Heads of Political Parties. 
The nation joins the people of Tamil Nadu in this hour of grief.
I convey my deep condolences to the bereaved family members and pray that his soul may rest in peace."

Update at 7:55 PM: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy extended his condolences

Update at 7:53 PM: Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao to visit Chennai on Wednesday to attend Karunanidhi 's funeral

Update at 7:50 PM: Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore extends his condolences

Update at 7: 42 PM: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar extends his condolences

Update at 7:40 PM: DMK working president MK Stalin requested party cadre to maintain law and order. In a statement, he said there is nobody to equal Karunanidhi in the Dravidian land. He said that the motto of DMMK was to maintain discipline and requested the cadre to maintain law and order. Stalin asked the cadre not to create any hindrance to people of Tamil Nadu. The statement said DMK cadre should strive to carry forward Karunanidhi’s legacy. He also thanked the Kauvery hospital staff for the support extended. 

Update at 7:39 PM: MoS Home Kiren Rijju extended his condolences: 

Update at 7:38 PM: Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu extends his condolences

He said:

"The nation has lost a strong politician today. 

He has left behind his legacy as a writer, artist, journalist, and politician. 

He will remain in the hearts of Tamil people because of his service and administrative experience. 

His 75 years of political journey as 5 time CM, 13 time MLA, 50 years as Party President is an inspiration to everyone. 

His life journey will remain forever as Karunanidhi's era in Tamil Nadu. 

Chandrababu Naidu expressed condolences to the family members, DMK workers and the people of Tamil Nadu."

Update at 7:35 PM: PM Modi to visit Chennai on Wednesday morning, to pay his last respects to Kalaignar Karunanidhi

Update at 7:33 PM: Congress President Rahul Gandhi extended his condolences

Update at 7:32 PM: Irrigation & Medical Education Minister of Karnataka DK Shivakumar extended his condolences

Update at 7:31 PM: Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh extended his condolences


Former President of India Pranab Mukhrjee too extended his condolences

Update at 7:29 PM: Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav extended his condolences

Update at 7:25 PM: Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrashekhar Rao expressed his deep condolences on the demise of Karunanidhi, Former Chief Minister of Tamilnadu and the President of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. CM said, that, he was an undaunted political fighter, a mass leader who struggled for the socio-economic development of marginalized sections of society in Tamilnadu. In his death, India has lost a political stalwart and it will be difficult to fill the void caused by his sad demise. CM expressed his condolences to the bereaved members of the family.
The CM described M. Karunanidhi as one among the few people who made them politically aware.  CM will be participating in the last rites of Late Karunanidhi and will leave for Chennai on Wednesday.  The CM will personally pay tributes on behalf of Telangana People to Late Karunanidhi who is known as a great leader.

Update at 7:25 PM: YSR Congress Party President Sri YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has expressed grief over the demise of former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, the doyen of Dravidian politics and scriptwriter M Karunanidhi. The multi-faceted personality will be remembered as a staunch believer of the Party ideals who led DMK from the forefront during crowning moments and crises alike. 

Update at 7:24 PM: Congress President Rahul Gandhi and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to go to Chennai on Wednesday

Update at 7:23 PM: Sachin Pilot extends his condolences

Update at 7:21 PM: Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar extended his condolences

Update at 7:16 PM: Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu extends his condolences 

Congress media in charge Randeep Singh Surjewala took to Twitter to extend his condolences

Update at 7:15 PM: Chief Minister of West Bengal extended her condolences

Update at 7:13 PM: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan extends his condolences

Update at 7:11 PM: Union Minister Smriti Irani extended her condolencesUpdate at 7:10 PM: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal extended his condolences and is expected to visit Chennai on Wednesday

Update at 7:08 PM: TN govt announces holiday tomorrow & seven days of mourning. 

Update at 7:06 PM: Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Deb extends his condolences 

Update at 7:02 PM: Actor turned politician Rajinikanth extended his condolences

"Today is a black day in my life, one which I can never forget as I lost my Kalaignar. I pray for his soul (sic-translated)"

Update at 6:59 PM: BJP President Amit Shah extends his condolences

Update at 6:58 PM: President Ramnath Kovind extends his condolences

Update at 6:51 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi extends his condolences.

Update at 6:43 PM: Kauvery hospital notifies about the demise of M Karunanidhi in its latest release 

The statement read: 

"With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar Dr. M Karunanidhi on 07.08.18 at 6:10 PM. Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond. 

We profoundly mourn the loss of one of the tallest leaders of India and we share the grief of the family members and fellow Tamilians worldwide."

Update at 6:41 PM: Alert across districts bordering Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. 

Update at 6:15 PM: All of the State Government functions that were scheduled for tomorrow and the day after has been canceled. 

Update at 6:15 PM: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee leaves for Chennai

Update at 5:49 PM: DMK leaders rush to the hospital

Update at 5: 44 PM: Karunanidhi's daughter Selvi visits his residence at Gopalapuram. 

Update at 5:28 PM: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expected to visit M Karunanidhi in Chennai

Update at 5:15 PM: Police officials deployed outside the hospital can be seen trying to keep the crowd in control and away from the gates of the hospital. Supporter holding banners and crying over the ailing leader is seen having a scuffle with the police officials to get inside the hospital. 

Update at 5:10 PM: Tamil Nadu Government has ordered to shut down all the TASMAC liquor shops after 6 pm across the state.

Update at 5:00 PM: Around 400 police deployed near the hospital. Strike Force Police also deployed with riot control gadgets. 

Update at 4:42 PM: Police are blocking people from entering the Kauvery Hospital, not even MPs and MLAs are now allowed inside the hospital.

In the most recent medical bulletin released by the Kauvery Hospital regarding the health condition of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi, doctors have notified that the despite maximum medical support, his vital organ functions continue t deteriorate. 

The statement read: 
"There has been a significant decline in the clinical condition of Kalaignar Dr. M Karunanidhi over the last few hours. Despite maximum medical support, his vital organ functions continue to deteriorate.

His condition is extremely critical and unstable"

 Karunanidhi was admitted on July 28 with a drop in blood pressure. He was resuscitated and stabilised in the ICU and managed by a team of doctors and nurses. On 29/07/2018 there was a severe decline in his medical conditions due to difficulty in breathing. Post that, he responded well to medical management and his vital signs have gradually normalised.

On July 29, Karunanidhi was visited by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. During his visit, Naidu inquired about Karunanidhi's health and had a talk with his family. All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) leader Derek O'Brien too visited the hospital and extended his wishes on behalf of the state of West Bengal: "I met Mr. Stalin. Doctors are doing their best. On behalf of Bengal, we wish him a speedy recovery." he said
Among the others who visited the hospital were senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, noted journalist and RSS ideologue S Gurumurthy, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, DMK general secretary K Anbalagan, former telecom minister A. Raja and current Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami. 

On July 31, Tamil films superstar-turned-politician Rajnikanth visited M Karunanidhi in the evening. 



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