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Leaders from Karnataka express grief over Karunanidhi's death

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Expressing grief over patriarch M Karunanidhi's death, former H D Deve today said he has lost his "elder brother."

The nation has lost a "stalwart", said in his condolence message, recalling his association with theformer Minister for over five decades.

"Karunanidhi's role in me becoming the was huge," the former said, adding that his death is a "great loss" to the country and personally for him.

Minister H D said in Karunanidhi's death, "we have lost a unique personality" inIndian politics, and a "visionary leader".

Terming him a "legend", the minister said"strived for the development of throughout his life and built a stronghold for regional party "

"I had met him several times. Every time he made me understand the importance of regional parties.The popular schemes he implemented for the downtrodden people are replicated in various states today," added.

and former chief minister B S said a leader, whoserved Tamil Nadu as chief minister five times, would always remain in the minds and hearts of thepeople.

recalled Karunanidhi's contribution in fostering the bond between people of and Tamil Nadu by installing and philosopher in Chennai and unveiling Tamil poet-saint Thiruvalluvar's statue in Bengaluru during his ChiefMinistership.

Pradesh Chief also expressed grief.

"Express my deepest condolences on the demise of #KalaignarKarunanidhi. A towering personality in Tamil Nadu who also played a significant role at the national level. A true inheritor of the Dravidian movement.

TN politicswill never be the same again.

#RIP," he said in a tweet.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 21:00 IST