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Parliament adjourns after paying tributes to Karunanidhi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In a break from tradition, both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day today as a mark of respect to DMK chief M who died last evening.

The 94-year-old DMK patriarch served as the of for five times but was never a

Glowing tributes were paid to the departed in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, before the Houses were adjourned for the day.

It is rare that the is adjourned in case a departed is not a sitting or former member. It is a Parliament convention to adjourn for the day in the event of death of a sitting member, Parliament officials said.

Before the proceedings commenced today, M Venkaiah Naidu consulted senior leaders of various political parties for their views on adjourning the proceedings of the for the day.

He sought to know their views as it is rarely that the proceedings are adjourned in case the departed is not a sitting or former member of the House, the officials said.

All those who participated in the meeting said was one of the tallest leaders of the country and favoured adjournment of the proceedings.

also said the government was also in favour of adjournment, the officials said.

The views were also conveyed to Sumitra Mahajan, they said.

As soon as the Lok Sabha met for the day, Mahajan informed the members about the demise of

Describing him as a "visionary" and a "leader of the masses", she said he had spread his political philosophy through screen writing and produced some of the best hits in

During his "illustrious political career", Karunanidhi "ably showcased his admirable leadership qualities and worked relentlessly for the cause of the people, particularly the marginalised and the downtrodden sections of society," Mahajan said.

After observing a moment of silence in his memory, were adjourned for the day.

In the Rajya Sabha, the read out an obituary reference, describing Karunanidhi as a multi-faceted personality and a gritty figure who overcame difficulties.

Beginning his career as a screen play writer, Karunanidhi used to propagate Dravidian ideology and contributed to Tamil culture, Naidu said.

Karunanidhi entered at a very young age and was a member of the Assembly for a record 13 times, being elected from seven different constituencies, he said.

In 1969, he became the third of and went on to serve the state as the of its government for five terms.

He played a key role in scripting the development of Tamil Nadu, Naidu said, adding that in his death, the country has lost an eminent litterateur, an able administrator, a dedicated and an outstanding statesman.

The members stood in silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul, following which Naidu adjourned for the day.

Earlier at the meeting, the sought the cooperation of all parties in both Houses in passing important pending bills like the one relating to Prevention of Atrocities against SCs and STs in the Rajya Sabha, if required, by dispensing with the Zero Hour and private members' business, the officials said.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 16:30 IST