Parliament pays homage

Wednesday’s adjournment of both Houses of Parliament as a mark of respect for M. Karunanidhi not only acknowledged the DMK patriarch’s stature in politics but also indicated the importance of regional players for stitching up alliances for general elections in 2019.

And the image of top leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat landing in Chennai to pay their last respects to the former Chief Minister and regional strongman further underscored the political significance.

Speaker Mahajan described Mr. Karunanidhi as an “astute administrator, visionary and a leader of the masses”.

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