Karunanidhi was a living legend: Kumaraswamy

Condolence messages have poured in from across the political spectrum in Karnataka following the death of DMK chief Muthuvel Karunanidhi. Karnataka has declared a one-day mourning on Wednesday.

Describing the DMK patriarch as ‘a living legend’, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said that he strove for the development of Tamil Nadu throughout his life and built a stronghold for the regional party DMK.

“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 are replicated in various States today,” he said, adding that DMK was a prominent coalition partner during the period of the H.D. Deve Gowda-led government at the Centre.

Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda said that the country had lost a visionary leader in Karunanidhi’s death.

Dinesh Gundu Rao, president, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), in a tweet described Karunanidhi as ‘a true inheritor of the Dravidian movement’ who also played a significant role at the national level.

Thiruvalluvar, Sarvajna

Recalling the support extended by Karunanidhi in installing a statue of 12th century saint-poet Sarvajna in Chennai, State BJP president B.S. Yeddyurappa said Karunanidhi played an important role in creating harmony between the people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu with this gesture.

When the statue of Tamil poet-saint Thiruvalluvar was unveiled near Ulsoor in a similar gesture in 2009, Karunanidhi was present in Bengaluru. He had said the unveiling of Thiruvalluvar’s statue here and that of Sarvajna in Chennai scheduled was “a fine example of cooperation between States in India…. We have created avenues for cooperation between the two States.”

Speaking of Sarvajna, he had said, “Sarvajna belonged to an oppressed community and his work reflected his progressive ideals. That is why he finds a place in the hearts of the people of both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.”

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