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Controversy erupts over burial site for Karunanidhi

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

A controversy erupted tonight after the government rejected the opposition DMK's demand for allotting space on the for the burial of its leader M Karunanidhi and offered space near the memorials of former chief ministers and K

DMK working M K Stalin, recalling the long public life of Karunanidhi, had written to K Palaniswami seeking space inside the mausoleum complex of the departed leader's mentor C N Annadurai at the Marina.

had also met the hours before his father's death.

A government statement said it was "unable to allot space at owing to several pending cases in the and legal complications."

Hence, the government is prepared to allott a two-acre site on Sardar Patel Road near the memorials to Rajaji and Kamaraj, it said.

Some reports said the government was reluctant about allotting space for Karunanidhi's burial at the Marina as he was not a sitting

Former chief minister M G Ramachandran and his protegee J Jayalalitha were buried at the and memorials to them were erected there. Both were bitter foes of Karunanidhi in

Karunanidhi's predecessor Annadurai was also in office when he died.

DMK cadres held impromptu protests and engaged in sloganeering demanding a place for Karunanidhi's burial at the Marina beach.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 20:50 IST