New Delhi, August 11: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has demanded Bharat Ratna, nation’s highest civilian award for the late party patriarch M Karunanidhi saying the award will be a real tribute to the late Tamil Nadu leader’s exemplary work which had left an indelible mark in history. M Karunanidhi, who led the DMK for five decades passed away in Chennai on August 7.

DMK leader Tiruchi Shiva, raised the issue during Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha. Calling Karunanidhi the  ‘tallest leader of the country’, Shiva said,”His life cannot be described in words. He was a staunch and untiring soldier. He was fighting till his last breath, for social justice, secularism, state autonomy and self respect. I would urge the government to confer upon him posthumously the Bharat Ratna, which will be a real tribute to his outstanding and exemplary work which had left an indelible mark in the annals of history.”

The DMK lawmaker further said,”He lived five years short of a century, out of which he contributed 80 years to the public life, fighting for the cause of the downtrodden, backward and the suppressed people. He was an outstanding orator, a prolific writer, a novelist, a short-story writer, a philosopher, a philanthropist and also a dramatist. He was an actor and also wrote scripts for 80 movies.”

Meawnhile, the DMK has organised a meeting of its executive committee on  August 14 to condole the death of party president M Karunanidhi. The meeting’s agenda is to condole the death of Karunanidhi, a release issued by party general secretary K Anbazhagan said.

DMK working president M K Stalin later told reporters that the executive committee meeting was only to condole the passing away of Karunanidhi, his father. He had earlier held a meeting with party general secretary K Anbazhagan.
A party leader said the executive meeting might consider a date for holding the general council meet, which is likely to elevate Stalin as the DMK President.

(With inputs from agencies)