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CMs, leaders condole death of Thalaivar Karunanidhi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Several chief ministers and leaders today condoled the demise of DMK 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 where he was admitted for the last 11 days.

K Palaniswami said the DMK left his "imprint" in national and his demise was a "big loss" to

"Former Karunanidhi's demise is a big loss to Tamil Nadu," he said in a statement.

West Bengal said the country has lost one of its greatest sons.

"Today lost one of its greatest sons. And lost its father figure. Farewell @Kalaignar89," Banerjee wrote on her handle.

"My deepest condolences to the people of Tamil Nadu, @arivalayam, @mkstalin, @KanimozhiDMK and family. mourns your loss," she said.

too expressed his grief over Karunanidhi's death.

Offering his condolences, described the DMK patriarch as the tallest of Tamil Nadu, who played a key role in social change and reforms in the state.

He said as chief minister of Tamil Nadu for several terms, had made significant contribution in the development of the state and had played a crucial role in national as well.

His contribution to Tamil literature and cinema was immense. "With his demise marks the end of an era in Tamil Nadu and lost one of its worthiest son," the chief minister said.

He has asked S B to attend the funeral of the late leader.

in his condolence message, said the vacuum created in following Karunanidhi's death will not be filled.

and also expressed profound grief over Karunanidhi's demise.

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.

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 said.

said social reforms always remained the agenda of the former Tamil

"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.

said will always be remembered as a leader of masses in the Indian political realm.

One of the most charismatic figures of Tamil Nadu politics whose public life spanned over seven decades, is survived by two wives and six children, including DMK working and heir apparent M K and daughter Kanimozhi, a

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 21:05 IST