Modi hails Karunanidhi as “ stalwart”

PM condoles death of DMK chief Karunanidhi

New Delhi, Aug 7: Leading the nation in paying tribute to DMK patriarch and five time Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunaidhi who died after a brief illness today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a series of tweets as a mass leader, a prolific thinker and writer and a man who fought the emergency.

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said:” .Deeply saddened by the passing away of Kalaignar Karunanidhi. He was one of the senior most leaders of India.”

Paying glowing tributes to Karunanidhi, Modi said:” We have lost a deep-rooted mass leader, prolific thinker, accomplished writer and a stalwart whose life was devoted to the welfare of the poor and the marginalised. He was steadfastly committed to the welfare of Tamils and ensured that Tamil Nadu’s voice was effectively heard.

He further said:” “Firmly committed to democratic ideals, his strong opposition to the Emergency will always be remembered,”

The Prime Minister said:” India and particularly Tamil Nadu will miss him immensely. My thoughts are with the family and the countless supporters of Karunanidhi Ji in this hour of grief. May his soul rest in peace”.