Chennai, Aug 7: The funeral ceremony of M Karunanidhi, who died after a prolonged illness today, will be held tomorrow evening. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has released the schedule of Karunanidhi's last joruney before burial. Karunanidhi's body will be kept at Rajaji Hall for public viewing. The mortal remains will be first taken to his Gopalapuram residence.
According to the schedule, Karunanidhi's body will be kept at his Gopalapuram residence till 1:00 am so that his family members and relatives could pay last respect to him. His mortal remains will then be taken to his CIT Colony residence. At 4:00 am, his body will be taken to Rajaji Hall where party cadre, general public and political leaders can pay their respects.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and several other policticians will attened the last rites of Karunanidhi. 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. Earlier, 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.
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.