Several chief ministers and leaders today condoled the demise of DMK president M Karunanidhi, saying the 94-year-old leader's passing away was a great loss to the nation.
The DMK chief, one of the foremost Dravidian politicians in modern times, died at a Chennai hospital where he was admitted for the last 11 days.
"Former Chief Minister Karunanidhi's demise is a big loss to Tamil Nadu," he said in a statement.
"My deepest condolences to the people of Tamil Nadu, @arivalayam, @mkstalin, @KanimozhiDMK and family. India mourns your loss," she said.
His contribution to Tamil literature and cinema was immense. "With his demise marks the end of an era in Tamil Nadu and India lost one of its worthiest son," the chief minister said.
The country has lost a big political personality who always kept democratic values at the top. He was a leading personality of social and economic uplift in Tamil Nadu, Kumar said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "Feel v sad to hear about the demise of this great leader. May his soul rest in peace. Its a great loss to the nation (sic)."
He will leave for Chennai tomorrow, a government official said.
"Karunanidhi's death is a great loss to the country. He was a popular leader who gave a new direction to Tamil Nadu politics. Social reforms were always his agenda," he said.
One of the most charismatic figures of Tamil Nadu politics whose public life spanned over seven decades, Karunanidhi is survived by two wives and six children, including DMK working president and heir apparent M K Stalin and daughter Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)