UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday issued a letter extending her condolences to MK Stalin and other family members after the demise of DMK supremo and five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. Karunanidhi.
In the letter that the Congress party had posted on Twitter, Sonia Gandhi lauded the senior DMK leader for his service in both Tamil Nadu and the nation. "Kalignar was a towering figure in the world of politics and public service in both Tamil Nadu and our nation.
She said that the death of Kalaignar was very 'personal' to her and that he always showed her great kindness and consideration, adding to which she also said that Karunanidhi was like a father figure to her.
Sonia Gandhi also appreciated the efforts of the Kalaignar's son MK Stalin for taking care of him during his illness with the utmost dedication.
"We shall not see the like of Kalignar again and our nation is poorer without his wise statesmanship, and his dedication to our country and our people" she added.
Soon after the Kalignar's death, the Tamil Nadu Government had issued an official release stating that it had allotted two acres of land for the burial of the leader at the Gandhi Mandapam. However, DMK party member demanded a place at the Anna Memorial on Marina Beach where former Chief Ministers.
The denial of the State Government to do so was followed by the DMK moving the Madras High Court against the AIADMK government. After the DMK put forth its arguments, the hearing was postponed till 8 am on Wednesday as the government sought time to file a counter-affidavit.
However, on Wednesday morning, the Madras High Court sided with the DMK as the CJ passed an order for the burial of M. Karunanidhi at the Anna Memorial.
Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and flagbearer of the Dravidian movement, Dr. M Karunanidhi breathed his last at the Kauvery hospital on Tuesday evening at 6 pm.
Major political figures poured in their tributes for the late leader. Following his death, the State Government announced a mourning period of seven days throughout Tamil Nadu.