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Business leaders condole Karunanidhi's death, call him 'giant among men'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Business leaders today condoled the death of DMK M Karunanidhi, describing him as "a giant among men" with a knack for humour and as a who ensured a remarkable industrial growth of

"Political leaders in have always been larger than life. ji was a giant among men for sure. But in every encounter that I had with him I was struck by his informality, his humour and his hearty laugh.The most celebrated men are always the most human," industrialist said.

"An iconic political who led with conviction," another business leader, of said while paying her tributes.

Karunanidhi, a colossus of Dravidian politics, died in Chennai today after waging a grim battle for life for 11 days.

Karunanidhi, one of the most charismatic leaders of whose public life spanned over seven decades, was 94. He was five-time

tweeted he was extremely pained by the sad demise of "an exceptional politician and mass leader".

"He was a great human being. His contributions to Tamil Nadu and national will always be remembered," Jaitley said while extending his condolences to Karunanidhi's family members and the party.

Former minister P Chidambaram said, "In the passing away of Kalaignar Karunanidhi, the nation and the Tamil people have lost a colossus who was more than the 50-year leader of a political party and a five-time "

"Kalaignar had the unique honour of being an in multiple fields such as politics, literature, journalism, drama, cinema, art, philosophy and government administration," he said.

Industry body said the country has lost a great visionary, who ensured equitable socio-economic development of Tamil Nadu.

In a statement, condoled the demise and said "during the tenure of Dr Karunanidhi as over many terms, industrial growth in Tamil Nadu had progressed remarkably well."


Several key initiatives were taken through his inspirational direction and strong encouragement, said the President, adding that "these contributed greatly to industrial development in the state."

Mittal referred to notable programs where CII partnered with the late Chief Minister such as District Development Plans, Southern Districts initiative in Tamil Nadu, Development of IT parks in in partnership with the

"Industry in the state will always miss his towering personality and erudite guidance," said Mittal.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 22:25 IST
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