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Confer Bharat Ratna to Karunanidhi, demands DMK MP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

member today asked the Centre to posthumously confer to M Karunanidhi as a tribute to his outstanding and exemplary work for the people.

M Karunanidhi died on August 7 after a brief illness. The 94-year-old patriarch had served as the Minister of for five times but was never a member of Parliament.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha, Siva said Karunanidhi was a Dravidian stalwart and the tallest of the country.

Karunanidhi contributed 80 years to public life, fighting for the cause of the downtrodden, backward and the suppressed people, he said, while elaborating on the achievements of late Karunanidhi.

"I would urge the Government to confer upon him posthumous Award which will be a real tribute for his outstanding and exemplary work which had left an indelible mark in the annals of history," Siva said.

In a break from tradition, both Houses of Parliament were adjourned on August 8 as a mark of respect to M Karunanidhi.

Siva said Karunanidhi had "a long list of achievements which will bring feathers in his crown."

"He was an outstanding orator, a prolific writer, a novelist, a short-story writer, a philosopher, a philanthropist and also a dramatist. He was an and he also wrote scripts for eighty movies. Sir, he is unparalleled and he made a mark in all walks of life," Siva said.

The late DMK was fighting till his last breath for social justice, secularism, state autonomy and self-respect, he added.

Many members, including of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, associated themselves with Siva's demand.

of SP raised the issue of a dalit being beaten to death in He demanded that the Centre should probe this matter.

Yadav expressed concern over rising incidents of atrocities against dalits.

Sukhendu Shekhar Ray of TMC demanded that a museum on Netaji and the should be inaugurated on October 21 at the premises to mark the 75th

"On the 75th Anniversary of the establishment of Azad Hind Fauj Government, a befitting tribute to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and the soldiers and martyrs of would be to inaugurate the Netaji and at on October 21 this year as a mark of 75th Anniversary of the occasion," the senior lawmaker said.

He urged the government that the Museum should be inaugurated only on October 21, 2018 and not on any other day "otherwise, it will be irrelevant".

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 18:45 IST