Chennai, Aug 8: All schools, colleges, and government offices in Tamil Nadu will remain open on Thursday, following the public holiday that was announced as a mark of respect to the demise of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi on Tuesday evening. The Tamil Nadu government declared a seven-day mourning and public holiday following the DMK chief’s demise. All the liquor stores were ordered to be closed by 6 PM on the day of his demise.
The DMK chief M Karunanidhi was buried near the Anna memorial at Marina Beach in Chennai with full state honours. A press release by Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive Director of Kauvery Hospital, said, “With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar M Karunanidhi on 07.08.2018 at 6.10 pm. Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond. We profoundly mourn the loss of one of the tallest leaders of India and we share the grief of family members and fellow Tamilians worldwide.”
Various leaders including prominent ones such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, and his Kerala, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh counterparts Pinarayi Vijayan, K Chandrasekhar Rao and N Chandrababu Naidu were in attendance. The late DMK chief’s mortal remains were placed at Rajaji Hall for VIPs and public to pay homage.
The golden casket in which the mortal remains of Karunanidhi was laid to rest has the engraving in Tamil, “Oivu edukamal uzhaithavan, idho oivu eduthu kondu irukiran, meaning “one who worked hard without taking rest, is resting in peace here”.