New Delhi, Aug 14: Days after the death of his father and DMK patriarch Karunanidhi, MK Stalin opened up about the fight he went through regarding the burial space on Chennai’s Marina Beach for his father, who died on August 7. Stalin said that he had pleaded with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami to allow space at the Marina beach to bury Karunanidhi and had it been denied, he would have buried himself next to his father.
Addressing an emergency meeting of the party’s Executive Committee on condole Karunanidhi’s death, Stalin recalled that after the doctors informed the family members that the DMK patriarch was in critical condition, he and the party leaders pleaded with Palaniswamy to grant a burial space to his father but the CM refused saying norms do not allow it.
“Doctors told us that only a few hours were left for Thalaivar. We considered how to approach the government to ask for space. We met the Chief Minister and made our request. He said the norms do not allow a former Chief Minister to be buried at Marina beach. I held the hands of the Chief Minister and pleaded for space. They did not agree,” he said.
He said, “But I told him that it was possible to change the legal opinion as we had also been in power. Just to make us leave his residence, the CM said he would consider,” he said. After the announcement of Karunanidhi’s death at 6.10 p.m. on August 7, the government issued a statement formally refusing a burial space at Marina.
“It is only at this stage that advocate Wilson asked my permission to approach the high court. If anyone I should thank for it, it is our legal team led by Wilson,” the DMK leader said. After a hearing, the Madras High Court granted permission to bury late DMK President M. Karunanidhi on the Marina Beach in Chennai after rejecting state government’s denial of DMK’s plea. Stalin said that if the case was lost, a situation would have arisen leading to his own burial next to Karunanidhi.