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Karunanidhi Burial At Chennai’s Marina Beach After Court Drama: 10 Facts

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CHENNAI: DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi will have a burial site at Chennai’s Marina Beach, a court decided today after an overnight drama, ending an ugly political row as thousands mourned the death of the last of the towering politicians of Tamil Nadu. The ruling AIADMK – the DMK’s lifelong rival – had denied the five-time chief minister a seafront memorial near that of his political mentor at Marina Beach. As the DMK challenged the decision, a hearing of the Madras High Court was called around midnight at the home of its acting Chief Justice. Karunanidhi, who dominated the state’s politics for six decades along with arch-rivals MG Ramachandran and later, J Jayalalithaa, died at 94 on Tuesday.
Here are the top 10 updates on M Karunanidhi’s last journey:
Karunanidhi’s son MK Stalin was seen breaking down, surrounded by DMK leaders, on learning of the court’s decision to allow the former chief minister’s burial site at Marina Beach.
A loud cheer rose up from thousands of supporters outside, many of them waiting at the beach. A large number of policemen and Rapid Action Force commandos were called in to control the crowds.
Mourners, including politicians and celebrities, streamed into Rajaji Hall in Chennai to pay tribute to the leader whose body was kept in a glass coffin, wrapped in the national flag. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who flew down this morning, also arrived to pay his last respects to a leader he described in tweets as a “deep-rooted mass leader and stalwart”.
Alongside the farewell, at the Madras High Court, the ruling AIADMK and DMK argued over Karunanidhi’s burial site. The ruling party said only chief ministers who died in office has memorials at Marina Beach. There is no such law, the DMK shot back, asserting that it would be an “insult” if their leader was not buried near his mentor CN Annadurai.
The Tamil Nadu government’s refusal to give Karunanidhi, popularly known as “Kalaignar” or artiste, space at the iconic spot was criticised by many in the state and beyond.
The government offered a two-acre plot near Gandhi Mandapam, the memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. “That cannot be termed as a decent burial. Those buried there have ideologies different from the Dravidian movement,” the DMK argued in court.
Earlier, all petitioners who had challenged the memorial for J Jayalalithaa at Marina Beach had withdrawn their cases.
To begin with, the only two Tamil Nadu chief ministers to have memorials at Marina beach were Chief Ministers CN Annadurai, who founded the DMK and MG Ramachandran, who launched the AIADMK.
When J Jayalalithaa died as chief minister in 2016, her AIADMK skirted a ban on construction within 500 metres from the waterfront to enable a memorial for her near that of her mentor MG Ramachandran. The acting chief justice, Huluvadi G Ramesh, asked to see the permission granted for Jayalalithaa’s burial at Marina.
The DMK questioned why the same courtesy cannot be extended for their “Kalaignar”.

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