Chennai, Aug 7: The mortal remains of M Karunanidhi, who died at Kauvery Hospital on Tuesday evening, is being brought to his his Gopalapuram residence. Later, Karunanidhi's body will be kept at Rajaji Hall for public viewing. Sun TV is streaming live coverage on Karunanidhi's last journey. Watch live streaming of coverage on Kalaignar's final glimpse on sunnewslive.in here.
At 1:00 am on Wednesday, Karunanidhi's body will be brought at his CIT Colony residence so that his family members and relatives could pay last respect to him. At 4:00 am, his mortal remains will be taken to Rajaji Hall where party cadre, general public and political leaders can pay their respects, according to a schedule released by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).
Earlier, the Tamil Nadu government rejected DMK's request to allot space for burying the mortal remains of Karunanidhi near party founder C N Annadurai's memorial at the Marina Beach, citing legal hurdles. In a statement, Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan said two acres land would be allotted for Karunanidhi's burial near Gandhi Mandapam on Sardar Patel Road.
Family members of Karunanidhi led by DMK working president M K Stalin met Chief Minister K Palaniswami and sought space near Annadurai's memorial for burying Karunanidhi's body. After the state government declined the DMK's request, the party appraoched the Madras High Court for permission to bury Karunanidhi at Marina Beach.
A five-times Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi died after battling age related ailments at Kauvery Hospital on Tuesday evening. "With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi at 6:10 pm. Despite the best possible efforts by a team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond." the hospital said in a statement.