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Lankan leaders mourn demise of Karunanidhi

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Sri Lankan Maithripala Sirisena, his predecessor and several other political leaders in the country have expressed sorrow at the demise of former M Karunanidhi by recalling his contributions to cinema and

The 94-year-old leader, a five-time of Tamil Nadu, breathed his last at in downtown Chennai at 6.10 pm yesterday after waging a grim battle for life for 11 days.

Sri Lanka's incumbent and his predecessor Rajapaksa in tweets said they were saddened by the death of the veteran

"The death of M Karunanidhi, former of and senior politician, deeply disturbed me. I express my deepest sympathy for everyone, including his family and supporters who have been saddened by the loss of Anna," tweeted.

said that he had spoken with M K over his father's health.

"His contributions to Tamil literature, cinema and are unparalleled. I join the millions of people who are mourning. My deepest condolences to the family and people of Tamil Nadu," Rajapaksa tweeted.

C V Wigneswaran, the chief minister of Sri Lanka's Tamil-dominated Northern Province, while paying tributes Karunanidhi said he led several protests for the Sri Lankan Tamil cause.

"But he could have further pressured to prevent the massacre in Mullaivaikkal (the scene of the final battle between the government troops and the LTTE)," said.

During the Rajapaksa presidency, Karunanidhi was not seen in favourable light by Colombo for his pro-stand. In the 1980s during the LTTE's formative years, Karunanidhi was accused of supporting them by Sri Lankan leaders.

The main tweeted, "His contribution as an artiste and a political ideologue would remain unmatched. This brings an epochal phase in Tamil Nadu political history to a close".

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 12:55 IST