New Delhi, Aug 8: UPA chairperson on Thursday wrote an emotional letter to DMK working president MK Stalin in which she described his father and former Tamil Nadu chief minister Late M Karunanidhi as a ‘father figure’. Also Read - Dalit Atrocities Have Reached New Zenith, Democracy Passing Through Most Tumultuous Times: Sonia Gandhi Attacks Centre
Expressing grief over the DMK patriarch’s demise, Sonia wrote that “Kalaignar’s loss is very personal” for her. She also expressed confidence that Stalin will take forward his father’s legacy. Also Read - Congress Calls For Nationwide Protest Against Hathras Incident, Farm Laws: Party Sources
“His decades at the the helm of Tamil Nadu’s government and politics have left a superb and enduring legacy, for which he will forever be honoured and remembered. I believe he had full confidence that you would nurture and take forward his legacy,” she said. Also Read - Foundation Stone Laid by Sonia Gandhi Goes 'Missing' From Atal Tunnel, Congress Threatens Protest
Addressing Stalin in the letter, the UPA chairperson said that “her thought and prayers are with your family”.
“At this time of grief my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. You must draw solace from the fact that your father lived a long and wonderfully fulfilled life, he is now released from suffering, and that you looked after during his illness with utmost devotion,” she wrote.
“We shall not see the like of Kalaignar again, and our nation is poorer without his wise statesmanship, and his dedication to our country and our people,” she added.
A five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi died on August 7 at Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital. He had not made any public appearance for about two years due to failing health.
Karunanidhi’s mortal remains will be buried next to the Anna Memorial at Chennai’s Marina Beach, an iconic location where memorials of towering Tamil politicians such as CN Annadurai, MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa — all former CMs — are present.