‘The person who continued to work without rest, now takes rest’: RIP Karunanidhi

Chennai: DMK supremo Karunanidhi on Wednesday was laid to rest after passed away at 6:10 pm on Tuesday at the age of 94.

The undisputed leader of DMK Karunanidhi was admitted to Kauvery hospital on July 28, following a drop in his blood pressure. Prior to being admitted, Karunanidhi was undergoing treatment at his Gopalapuram residence for fever due to Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).

From Chief Ministers of states to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, politicos from across India are heading to Chennai to pay their homage to the leader.

Here are the LIVE Updates:

7:04 PM: Karunanidhi laid to rest

6:15 PM: Major political figures such as Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Former Prime Minister of India HD Deve Gowda and TMC leader Derek O’Brien are present at the ceremony.

6:07 PM:MK Stalin meets Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu at the Anna Memorial

‘A person who continued to work without rest, now takes rest’ written on the coffin of Karunanidhi

1:50 PM: I request the cadre to remain calm, I did not want anything for myself. All I want is a fitting tribute to Kalaignar: MK Stalin

1:48 PM: Stalin addresses crowd outside Rajaji Hall

1:46 PM:

1:00 PM: Arrangements being made at Marina Beach for the last rites of Karunanidhi

12:32 PM: Kalaignar Karunanidhi will live on in the hearts and minds of the millions of people whose lives were transformed by him: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

12:24 PM: Amitabh Bachchan pays tribute to Karunanidhi

12:15 PM: I was unhappy yesterday, as the govt did not allow the Marina beach burial. I had called the CM but he was unavailable. I also personally called the PM in this regard: WB Mamata Banerjee

11:40 AM: Tamil Nadu: DMK supporters gather outside Anna memorial at Chennai’s Marina beach. JCB machines have also reached the spot following Madras High Court’s judgement that Karunanidhi will receive burial at the Marina beach.

11:12 AM: PM Modi pays homage to Karunanidhi

11:05 AM: Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha adjourned for the day as a mark of respect to former CM M Karunanidhi

10:47 AM: Madras HC allows Marina memorial for former Tamil Nadu CM M. Karunanidhi

10:32 AM: PM Narendra Modi arrives in Chennai to pay last respects to DMK chief Karunanidhi

10:20 AM: Tamil Nadu: Rapid Action Force has been deployed outside Anna memorial at Marina beach in Chennai.

10:08 AM: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan pays last respects to Karunanidhi at Chennai’s Rajaji Hall.

9:26 AM: State counsel contends that DMK is pursuing a 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

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

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

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’

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.

8:57 AM: DMK lawyer, senior counsel P Wilson, commences his arguments after the 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

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

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

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

8:45 AM: ‘DMK cannot challenge us, cannot challenge press release’: State Government

8:45 AM: Acting Chief Justice records DMK submission

8:40 AM: HC records state documents

8:40 AM: Order being dictated in the court

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

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 the construction of memorials in Marina

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

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

8:10 AM: Acting Chief Justice hears petitioners first

8:10 AM: Hearing begins in Madaras High Court

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

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

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

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