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Leaders cutting across political hue condole death of Karunanidhi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Leaders across the political spectrum including and today condoled the death of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, hailing him as a and harbinger of of deprived.

called Karunanidhi a "doyen of our public life" who had few peers while Vice M Venkaiah Naidu said the Tamil leader left a mark of his own during his long public life of about 80 years.

Karunanidhi, who dominated the state's for over six decades along with his arch-rivals MG Ramachandran first and then with J Jayalalithaa, died at a hospital in Chennai this evening. He was 94.

Modi described him as a prolific thinker and a who stood for regional aspiration and national progress.

"stood for regional aspirations as well as national progress. He was steadfastly committed to the welfare of Tamils and ensured that Tamil Nadu's voice was effectively heard," Modi tweeted.

president Gandhi said the strode the stage of Tamil like a colossus for six decades, adding, has lost a "great son" in his demise.

Gandhi would be travelling to Chennai tomorrow, along with other senior leaders, to pay homage to Karunanidhi and participate in his last rites.

"Loved by the Tamilian people, Kalaignar strode the stage of Tamil politics, like a colossus, for over 6 decades. In his passing, has lost a great son. My condolences to his family as also to the millions of Indians who grieve for their beloved leader tonight," he said on

said Karunanidhi had an impressive life journey, starting as a in Tamil film industry to being five "No one can forget his struggle during Emergency."

JD-S supremo H D Deve Gowda said the Tamil leader was a "doyen of our public life and that his opposition to emergency will always be remembered.

"Today, lost one of its greatest sons. And lost his father figure," said before leaving for Chennai to pay her last respect to him.

CPI-M said Karunanidhi rose to be a championing social justice and uplift of the poor and marginalised.

Former said the country has lost a versatile genius who was an outstanding artist, and a true leader who always stood for the cause of the poor and downtrodden classes of the society.

Congress said Karunanidhi was the repository of federalism in India.

"Dr. Karunanidhi was the harbinger of politics of deprived and politics of the poor in the state of Dr. Karunanidhi represented scientific temper and creation of a caste less society," he said.

Another described Karunanidhi as champion of Tamils and an who never lost an election in a career spanning six decades.

"He paved path for youngsters of the state to follow the Dravidian philosophy and he will always be known for his contribution to this ideology," said Kharge.

BJP veteran L K Advani described Karunanidhi as a doyen of Indian politics and a man of committed ideals.

"He was a doyen of Indian politics who had started his career after independence. He was a man of committed ideals, he excelled in the field of politics and had also made valuable contributions to the Tamil literature," Advani said in a statement.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 22:05 IST